February “Tap Talks” Schedule Set
Euclid Brewing Company has announced the schedule for its Tap Talks short lecture series held in the brewery’s tap room on Thursdays in February. This month’s talks feature guest speakers who will discuss topics in the fields of history, manufacturing, science, and engineering. All talks begin at 7 p.m.
On February 2, Leslie Basalla-McCafferty will present “Beer Barons: The Lavish Lives of Cleveland's Pre-Prohibition Lager Lords.” Cleveland's craft beer scene is booming, but many forget at up until Prohibition, the business of beer was big in Northeast Ohio: As many as thirty breweries were operating in the city at the turn of the 20th century. The men behind the largest of these operations amassed enormous fortunes, and lived lives of glamor and influence.
Basalla-McCafferty is co-owner of Cleveland Brew Bus, a local guided brewery tour and tasting service, and she is co-author of "Cleveland Beer: History and Revival in the Rust Belt." She considers herself an ambassador for both the city of Cleveland and its dynamic craft brewing scene. “I love introducing locals and visitors alike to the world-class beers being brewed in Northeast Ohio,” Basalla-McCafferty said.
Dr. David Saja will give a talk on February 9 entitled “The 5 Cs of Gemstones: What You Need to Know!” Saja is Curator of Mineralogy at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH). He will discuss the four Cs used by the gem industry to grade faceted gemstones. He will clarify what makes a mineral a gemstone, define gem-trade terminology, and show magnified images of the detailed parts of a gemstone to explain how the Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight work together to determine the value of a gemstone. And he will introduce a fifth C on display at the CMNH so that one can buy gemstones with Confidence.
On February 16, David Bernatowicz, Associate Professor of History at Cuyahoga Community College, will present “The Industrial History of Cleveland,” a narrative history of the various industries that developed in the Cleveland area from 1940 to the end of the 20th century.
Dr. Lorry Wagner, president of Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo), will be the speaker on February 23. His talk, entitled “Building an Offshore Wind Industry in Lake Erie,” will describe the Icebreaker Wind project, a small six-turbine demonstration wind farm off Cleveland’s shore that will produce enough power for about 7,000 homes. Wagner will also discuss what it takes to put the steel for North America’s first freshwater, offshore wind project in Lake Erie, and to develop a new wind industry.
Tap Talks are free and open to the public, and to all ages. Attendees may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to the tap room. Beer will be available for sale.
Euclid Brewing Company is located at 21950 Lake Shore Blvd in downtown Euclid. The tap room is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. There are always six house beers on tap, and pints, growlers, and tasting flights can be purchased. The tap room doesn’t have a kitchen, but patrons are encouraged to purchase food from any of the nearby restaurants, or bring some from home. Follow Euclid Brewing Company on Facebook to learn about special hours, events, and what’s currently on tap.