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Göbekli Tepe and the Origins of Beer: An Examination of Anatolia and the Levant

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

How old is beer? When did the brewing process begin? Did beer or bread come first? Was beer safer to drink than water? These questions are regularly posed when examining ancient culinary history. Reaching back 12,000 years, this presentation will examine the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe located in Southeastern…

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Recreating the Original India Pale Ale

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

The story of the beloved IPA (India pale ale) is clouded with misinformation, poor presumptions, and lack of documentation. This seminar will tell the story of the IPA’s rise to popularity in the 18th century, how it was made, and how it likely tasted. Like its history, the original IPA was…

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Imbibing in Ancient Iberia: Celtic to Flemish Brewing and Beyond

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

At the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Homebrew Cons, we examined the world of brewing in the ancient Near East, Mediterranean, and Europe. This year we move to ancient Iberia and examine the development of caelia, an ancient beer that predated the Roman conquest of Spain in 206 BCE. As an…

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Saluting the Ancient Purveyors and Preservers of Beer! Brewing on the Borders of Greek and Roman Dominion

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2017
  • Minneapolis, MN

Ancient sources discuss beer as an invention of the barbarians of Northern Europe and the savages of the Near East. This presentation explores those peoples of Northern Europe known to have produced and preserved beer culture under Roman and Greek oppression. Travis Rupp will explore ancient brewing conventions of British,…

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The Beginnings of Beer in the Ancient World

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

This presentation will examine the beginnings of beer production in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean. Specifically, it will survey the domestication of barley and wheat in ancient Sumeria and Egypt, which was conceived for early beer production. It will then examine the impact on later Greek and Roman beer…

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