I am pleased to announce that I will be one of the speakers at the second Ales Through The Ages event at Colonial Williamsburg, VA, November 12 – 14, 2021! Link to event coming soon.


Butch Heilshorn

Folks seem to love learning about beer almost as much as they like drinking it! Butch is currently offering two presentations: Here’s to Beer with Prof. Emerson Baker and Brewing Without Hops. These lively orations have been quite successful at historical societies, libraries, university lecture halls and brewers conferences. They are most enjoyable where beer can be served!

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Emerson Baker

Here’s to Beer: The History and Production of the World’s Favorite Drink “Come and learn about the ancient origins of beer, how it’s made, it’s important role in American History and how to brew your own beer at home! Join pro brewer Butch Heilshorn (Earth Eagle Brewings) and history professor Dr. Emerson Baker (Salem State University) for a fun and lively presentation on what medieval monks called their “liquid bread.”

Presented at: Lexington MA Historical Society, Laconia NH Public Library, University of New Hampshire, Old Berwick ME Historical Society, Portsmouth NH Athenaeum, & Hampton Falls NH Free Library.

Brewing Without Hops: Back to the Future of Botanical Brewing “Folks from around the world have been brewing beer for thousands of years and for most of that time, GULP, hops were not used! Join brewer, brewpub owner and author of “Against All Hops” Butch Heilshorn for a jaunt down the wonderful wormhole of botanical brewing. Learn it’s rich history, discover what other plants are beer-friendly and learn how to use them in wonderful brews called gruits. Almost any style of beer can be re-invented as a gruit by using plants like alecost, mugwort, dandelion and sweet fern to name just a few. Come and step-up your brew-game by going back to the future!”

Presented at: University of New Hampshire and HomeBrewCon’19 (Nat’l Home Brewers Conference) in Providence RI.

If you’re an American Homebrewers Association member check out the powerpoint and audio from Providence HERE!