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BOP Hosts 1st Annual “Meeting of the Malts” Featuring Three Legendary American Brewers

On March 27, Yuengling’s Dick Yuengling, Samuel Adams’ Jim Koch, and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione Unite for First Time Ever to Discuss the State of Beer
and Brewing in America

Harrisburg, Penn. – FEBRUARY 10 – The Brewers of Pennsylvania today announced they will be hosting the first ever “Meeting of the Malts” Beer Summit on Thursday, March 27, 2014, and encourage beer lovers to come out and toast with some of America’s most influential independent brewers.

The one-night event, hosted at the famed Hotel Bethlehem and Bethlehem Brew Works in the heart of downtown, will feature beer sampling, a delicious five-course beer pairing dinner, silent auction and a panel discussion between the founders of Yuengling, Samuel Adams and Dogfish Head – three of the most innovative brewers in American beer culture. The Meeting of the Malts is an opportunity for attendees to meet fellow beer lovers and hear about all things beer from a panel of three industry-leading brewers.

“This is a great opportunity to spend an evening with three of the country’s most well-known and creative brewers,” said Bill Covaleski, the Brewers of Pennsylvania President. “These are some of the greatest minds in American beer and we are proud to bring them together in a single evening so that beer lovers across the state can come to enjoy some great food, and I might be slightly biased, even better beer, all while learning about the American beer industry.”

On March 27, the Meeting of the Malts will kick off at 5:00 p.m. and include the opportunity to sample unique, small batch beers before and after dinner. The main event, a beer dinner and panel discussion, will be moderated by Bump Williams, CEO of the BWC Company and a respected consultant and expert with more than 30 years’ experience working in the food & beverage industry.

Beer lovers who wish to participate in all three events are able to purchase VIP tickets for $125.00 per person or purchase tickets for individual sessions.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Brewers of Pennsylvania, the trade association that was founded in 2011 to promote and protect the interests of brewers and beer drinkers in the Commonwealth.

  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Founder and President of Dogfish Head Brewery, Sam Calagione, will host the Dogfish Head Pre-Summit Party in the Steelgaarden Lounge located at Bethlehem Brew Works. Attendees can expect light appetizers and Dogfish Head brews, as well as other featured Pennsylvania-brewed beers. (Tickets for just this portion are $35.00 per person.)
  • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: The main event – a five-course beer pairing dinner – will take place in the Hotel Bethlehem’s Grand Ballroom featuring brews from Yuengling, Samuel Adams and Dogfish Head. Yuengling Owner and President Dick Yuengling, Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch and Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione will participate in a panel discussion on beer and the state of American beer culture today, moderated by Bump Williams. One-of-kind brewery memorabilia will also be available through a silent auction during the dinner event.  (Tickets for just this portion are $75.00 per person.)
  • 9:30 – 11:00 p.m.: Jim Koch will host the Samuel Adams Post-Summit Party in the Steelgaarden Lounge at Bethlehem Brew Works. Attendees will enjoy light appetizers and Samuel Adams beer, as well as other beers brewed in Pennsylvania. (Tickets for just this portion are $35.00 per person.)

For more information please visit the Brewers of Pennsylvania website at or call 804-876-BEER (2337).  Tickets are only available online at

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About the Brewers of Pennsylvania:

The Brewers of Pennsylvania is a 501c6 trade association that brings together leaders of Pa.-based breweries in order to promote and protect the brewing industry in the state.  Established in 2011, the Brewers of Pennsylvania serves the consuming public of Pa. by encouraging brand diversity in the market.