Williamsburg Taste Festival - Beer U

January 17, 2019 - 02:00 pmJanuary 17, 2019 - 08:56 pmApril 22, 2018, 2pm
412 North Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States 412 North Boundary Street Williamsburg 23185


  • Cost per person (with service fee): $26.87

Panel discussion about all things beer led by 5 local Brewmasters. Ticket price includes 1 pint of beer and beer and food pairing samples. This is a rain or shine event. No refunds. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for a $10 surcharge.

Bios for Beer University Panelists:

Greg Fleehart has been brewing professionally for over nine years, both on the West Coast, and on the East coast for the last three years. He started as an impassioned homebrewer, and one year after starting brewing at home, he landed an entry level job at a beloved Pacific Northwest brewery. Ever since then he’s been focused on constant improvement of his craft and there is no place better to do that than Precarious Beer Project. He’s passionate about progressive lagers, exploring hop expressions in IPAs and DIPAs, Belgian styles, farmhouse interpretations, and bold, smooth dark beers. With the kitchen at Amber Ox Public House at his disposal, Greg is exploring culinary influences in beer, with interesting spices and ingredients, as well as finding inspiration from the constantly changing menu at the pub.

Born and raised in southern Delaware, Geoff Logan was raised on scrapple, blue crabs and bad FM radio. After university and a prolonged stint in the music business with the band Rainmarket, Geoff settled in Williamsburg, a then quiet town with forgotten craft beer heritage. After hanging up the guitar, Geoff signed on with Alewerks Brewing Company in 2007 (then known as Williamsburg Alewerks) redirecting a fervor for music into a zeal for craft beer. Donning a litany of figurative hats, Geoff scrubbed the steel, hawked the ales, and manned the bar all the while studying the art and science of brewing. Upon meriting accreditation from the American Brewers Guild. Geoff was swiftly designated Alewerks’ Brewmaster, a duty he has maintained for the last decade. As the author of Alewerks' vision, Geoff remains steadfastly committed to authentic, balanced flavors that reward the craft beer drinker. With more than two dozen styles brewed annually, his expertise is on display everywhere that Alewerks can be found.

Billsburg Beer’s Brewmaster – Austin Shawinsky.  Based out of Iowa, married a Girl from Wisconsin.  Addicted to “The Office” and the Billsburg dog Brewer (Milwaukee Brewers, his wife got him before they met, quite the coincidence).  Favorite Beer:  A fine Pilsner – Favorite Soda:  Barq’s, it has bite!  Currently an avid Golfer and Curler (the sport with the stones and the brooms.)  Living life one fermentation at a time!

A 2006 graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, Brewmaster Jonathan Newman began his professional brewing career at Jackalope Brewing Company in Nashville, TN. In late 2011 he accepted a position brewing for SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA. While there, Jonathan was one of a handful of brewers behind numerous Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup winning beers. Jonathan graduated from the American Brewers Guild "Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering" program in December 2013 and later joined the team at The Virginia Beer Company as Brewmaster in August 2014. On the rare occasion he's away from the brewery and not thinking about beer, Jonathan spends his free time chasing live music, hiking and camping whenever possible, and hanging with his dog, Cassidy. 

Scott Kennedy - Founder, Brewmaster at Brass Cannon Brewing is originally from Northern Virginia.  Scott worked at a homebrew shop and spent several years teaching people how to homebrew and is still a member of two area homebrewing clubs.  He has been brewing professionally at Brass Cannon Brewing for six years now.  Scott loves malty ales, but enjoys just about every beer there is.  In his spare time he enjoys gaming and hiking.