Meet Tony Russo, author of "Eastern Shore Beer: The Heady History of Chesapeake Brewing" on Saturday, December 20th at 10:30am.
Eastern Shore Beer: The Heady History of Chesapeake Brewing
When Great Britain levied heavy taxes against the colonies, the Eastern Shore's first beer geek, John Beale Bordley, swore off English ales and set his substantial estate to perfecting his own home brews. It took another two centuries and a revolution of a different kind to bring brewing back to the Maryland shore. In 1989, Wild Goose bore the gospel of drinking local to Cambridge before falling victim to the first craft beer bubble. The next wave of high-gravity harbingers like Eastern Shore Brewing, Burley Oak and Evolution Craft Brewing fought to change collective palates and legislation allowing them to serve up their frosty pints. Beer bard and blogger Tony Russo taps into this full-bodied history while introducing the region's bold new batch of brewers.
Tony Russo got into journalism after college because he'd heard the saying "Journalism is history's first draft" and, as a philosophy student, it seemed preferable to learning to make lattes. He now spends his free time as a random blogger, podcaster, and sometime Twitter troll.
Tony lives in Delmar, Maryland with his wife, four daughters, two dogs (Pike and Pepper), and, surprisingly, no ideas for a sitcom.