Powell’s Books Presents the Following Food Events in November
Lucy Burningham “My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, and Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training”
Sunday, November 6, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
A love note to beer—appreciating the history, craftsmanship, and taste of craft beer as told by a woman striving for beer-expert status.
As a journalist spurred by curiosity and thirst, Lucy Burningham made it her career to write about craft beer, traveling to hop farms, attending rare beer tasting parties, and visiting as many taprooms, breweries, and festivals as possible. With this as her introduction, Lucy decided to take her relationship with beer to the next level: to become a certified beer expert. As Lucy studies and sips her way to becoming a Certified Cicerone, she meets an eclectic cast of characters, including brewers, hop farmers, beer sommeliers, pub owners, and fanatical beer drinkers. Her journey into the world of beer is by turns educational, social, and personal—just as enjoying a good beer should be.
Lucy Burningham has written about craft beer and beer culture for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, Saveur, Sunset, Epicurious.com, Men’s Journal, Imbibe and multiple Lonely Planet titles, including Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest and Food Lover’s Guide to the World. She has worked as a journalist for the past 15 years and holds a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from Portland State University. Lucy has given presentations and conducted beer tastings at food and drink festivals, Powell’s Books, and more. She is a member of the Pink Boots Society, the beer industry’s professional organization for women. She hopes that one day her homebrew will be good enough to share with friends.
Peter A. Kopp “Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley”
Thursday, November 17, 7:30pm, Powell’s on Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland)
The contents of your pint glass have a much richer history than you could have imagined. Through the story of the hop, Hoptopia connects twenty-first century beer drinkers to lands and histories that have been forgotten in an era of industrial food production. The craft beer revolution of the late twentieth century is a remarkable global history that converged in the agricultural landscapes of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The common hop, a plant native to Eurasia, arrived to the Pacific Northwest only in the nineteenth century, but has thrived within the region’s environmental conditions so much that by the first half of the twentieth century, the Willamette Valley claimed the title “Hop Center of the World.” Hoptopia integrates an interdisciplinary history of environment, culture, economy, labor, and science through the story of the most indispensable ingredient in beer.
Peter A. Kopp is Assistant Professor of History at New Mexico State University, where he also serves as Director of the Public History Program.
Lee van der Voo “The Fish Market: Inside the Big Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate”
Friday, November 18, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
The fast-paced tale of the how the U.S. is privatizing the ocean, the human havoc it has wreaked on the seas, and the people who believe it is all worth it.
Gulf Wild, the first seafood brand in America to trace each fish from sea to table, emerged after the speckled grouper (star of fried fish sandwiches) fell off menus due to overfishing. The brand was born when the government divided rights to fish it among qualifying fisherman to fix the problem. Through traceability it has met burgeoning consumer demand for domestic, sustainable seafood, selling in boutique grocers and catapulting grouper from the hamburger bun to the white tablecloth. But the property rights that saved grouper also shifted control of ocean fish from public to private, adding a premium and forever changing the relationship between wild seafood and the people that eat it.
Rights-based fishing became national policy in 2010 in a push toward conservation and controls more than 50 percent of the value of American seafood. From aboard fishing vessels from Alaska to Maine, inside restaurants of top chefs, and the halls of Congress, journalist Lee van der Voo tells the story of people and places left behind in this era of privatization—a story that traces seafood dollars from U.S. docks to Wall Street. She explores methods that investors, equity firms, and seafood landlords have used to capture the upside of the sustainable seafood movement and why many people believe in them. She also explains why consumers don’t have to buy sustainability from Wall Street or choose between the environment and their fisherman.
Lee van der Voo is an award-winning journalist who writes about sustainability, food, policy and class. Her research has been funded by the Fund for Investigative Journalism as well as the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. On staff at InvestigateWest, the nonprofit journalism studio for the Pacific Northwest, her work has been featured among other places in The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, Slate, and High Country News. She lives in Portland, Oregon.