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Happy Hour

Atlas of Beer

Photograph by Boone Rodriguez/age fotostock

  • November 30, 2017

  • 7 PM - 9 PM
  • $100.00

  • National Geographic Campus

About this Event

Go on a geographical journey with the world’s foremost experts on beer. Gain insights from renowned “beer doctors” NANCY HOALST-PULLEN and MARK PATTERSON, authors of National Geographic’s very first Atlas of Beer—an indispensable and unparalleled guide that includes beer recommendations, stunning photography, and beer history, geography, and trends—while James Beard Award–winning brewmaster GARRETT OLIVER of Brooklyn Brewery leads a guided tasting with food pairings.


Photograph by Brett Casper

Garrett Oliver


Garrett Oliver is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of beer. Garrett is the brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, editor of The Oxford Companion to Beer, author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. He has judged beer competitions from the Great American Beer Festival to the Great British Beer Festival. In the years since joining the Brooklyn Brewery, Garrett has continued to be a tireless advocate for bringing together great beer and good food, touring the world to introduce countless people to the tastes he loves. He has hosted more than 900 beer tastings and cooking demonstrations in 16 countries.

Mark W. Patterson


By day, Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D., is a geography professor whose research with Nancy Hoalst-Pullen examines sustainability trends in the beer industry. By night, Mark is an avid home-brewer, strategically planning his next research trip to breweries around the world. As a National Geographic Explorer, he has traveled nearly 200,000 miles (and counting) on his quest to identify the nuances of the beer industry and, of course, to sample the flavors of this time-honored craft. When he is not traveling the globe, Mark can be found playing ice hockey or working on a script for a pilot series on the US craft beer industry.

Mark Patterson and Nancy-Hoalst Pullen’s new book, Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer, is hitting shelves in September.

Photograph by Rebecca Hale

Photograph by Rebecca Hale

Nancy Hoalst-Pullen


A world traveler, professor, and beer writer, Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Ph.D., has interviewed hundreds of people and imbibed thousands of beers to (re)discover the stories surrounding the geographies of beer. As a National Geographic Explorer, she has visited hundreds of locales across six continents—from historic breweries of Belgium to backyard home-brews in South Africa—to understand how beer and brewing have evolved over time and place. Nancy has published various articles on beer, with particular emphasis on the role of sustainability in the beer industry, and co-edited the book The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies with Mark Patterson.

Mark Patterson and Nancy’s new book, Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer, is hitting shelves in September.

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