Gold and Beer! Ian Neligh and Dave Thomas in Conversation

Gold and beer!

We have the best joint-author event for you all.

Join BookBar in welcoming authors Ian Neligh and Dave Thomas. Ian is the author of Gold! Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies. Dave is the author of Of Mines and Beer!: 150 Years of Brewing History in Gilpin County, Colorado, and Beyond.

Expect some fun conversation, Q&A, and knowledge sharing. Of course, beer will be readily available.

Did you know Colorado beer and mining history are intertwined? Coors Banquet, brand--named for Colorado gold miners’ post-work “banquets”—is still made only at the company’s home base in Golden. Celebrate Beer Week at BookBar and learn the story of gold in Colorado--equal parts quirky, hilarious and terrifying.

Of Mines & Beer reveals the close-linked historical accounts of mining and brewing in 19th century Colorado with numerous additional beery tidbits of note!

About Of Mines & Beer:
Gold mining & beer brewing in Colorado started in the same year, 1859. Demand for good beer arose due to the dusty and dangerous conditions faced by Europeans streaming to Colorado to strike it rich in gold. The linkage between mining and brewing in front range and mountain communities was at times terrifying, educational and even comical. Of Mines & Beer relays the historical accounts of these 19th century brewing families, often in their own words, and compares the historical brewing styles and techniques with those of craft brewers today.

About Dave Thomas:
Dave Thomas spent 32 years working for Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado; Chungwon, South Korea; Memphis, Tennessee; Burton-on-Trent, England; and the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. During his time at Coors, he was Director of Brewing R&D, traveling brewmaster and led new malthouse and brewery plant commissioning teams in Korea, Colorado and Virginia. After working at some of the largest breweries in the world, he now brews at one of the smallest as Brewer Emeritus at Dostal Alley Brewpub in Central City, Colorado.

Dave earned a BS degree from CU Boulder and MSc in malting and brewing from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. His Scottish brewing professor, Professor Sir Geoffrey Palmer, was recently knighted by the Queen of England. 

He has written two books recently. The first, “Of Mines & Beer!” relates the history of 19th century Colorado breweries. His second book, The Craft Maltsters’ Handbook, was written to assist the 150+ startup craft maltsters in the US and Canada.

About Gold! Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies:
Author and journalist Ian Neligh will talk about both the modern and historic phenomenon of gold and how it still influences treasure hunters living in the shadow of the 1859 gold rush. The on-going story of gold in Colorado is equal parts quirky, hilarious and terrifying. In addition, learn about Colorado brewing history and its ties to gold mining history.

"Uncovers a centuries-long story of obsession that often included murder, gun fights, deadly accidents, overnight fortunes and even cannibalism. . . Neligh is a practiced writer whose style mixes history and modern realities seamlessly." --Colorado Country Life

About Ian Neligh:
Ian Neligh is the editor of the Clear Creek Courant newspaper, located in Idaho Springs, the town where the Colorado gold rush first began. He has won many state and national journalism awards for his writing and reporting including first place for online in-depth reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, first place for investigative reporting from the Colorado Press Association, and numerous others.

Event is in BookBar's lounge from 7 - 9 pm.

Event date: 
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
Gold!: Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781513260655
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Westwinds Press - September 5th, 2017

Of Mines and Beer!: 150 Years of Brewing History in Gilpin County, Colorado, and Beyond (Central City, Black Hawk, Mountain City, Nevadavi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477499412
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 28th, 2012