Gregory Hall, Virtue Cider, Chicago
Thursday, June 7 at 6 pm
Haas Park Field House
2404 N Washtenaw (entrance on Fullerton)
Hall's lecture, titled "I Have Seen the Future and It Grows on Trees", will cover his research into traditional cider making processes and his work developing the cider varieties for Virtue Cider, a Chicago-based craft cider company Hall founded in 2011.
Gregory Hall, one of the country’s most innovative craft brewers is now at the helm of Virtue Cider. Hall’s new branch-to-bottle cider project will allow him to use the highest quality Midwestern heirloom apples to produce a series of ciders that combine old world traditions with modern craft cider fermentation and aging techniques while in partnership with local farmers. In April, Virtue launched its first product; RedStreak, an English session style draft cider.
Known for his tenure as brewmaster at the Goose Island Beer Company, Hall began his brewing career in 1988, the year his father, John Hall, opened the brewery. He attended Chicago's prestigious brewing school, the Siebel Institute, graduating in 1989. In 1992, Hall become the brewmaster of Goose Island Beer Company and under his direction, the brewery flourished and expanded its draft and bottle beer lines.
While Hall has created numerous award-winning beers, including Goose Island's Green Line, 312, Mild Winter and IPA, he is best known for his innovation in American beer styles. With Bourbon County Brand Stout, Hall became the first brewer to use bourbon barrels to age stout. In developing Matilda, Sofie and Pere Jacques, Hall led Goose Island to become the leading Belgian style American brewery. Hall stepped down as Brewmaster of Goose Island in May 2011 to pursue cider making. He maintains his ties to Goose Island as a consultant.http://virtuecider.com/home.htmwww.chicagorarities.org
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