Travis Rupp (1); (1) Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO, U.S.A.
Technical Session 18: Evolution of Brewing
Tuesday, August 16 • 3:30–5:15 p.m.
Plaza Building, Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 15
This presentation will discuss the origins of beer production in the
ancient Near East and Egypt in conjunction with the rise of
domestication and farming. I will examine how this industry grew and
expanded into the Mediterranean cultures of Greece and Rome. I will
discuss how beer developed in cultures biased against fermented grains.
Though ancient Greece and Rome boasted the superiority of the grape,
beer production and consumption were at the core of the Mediterranean
diet and nutrition dating back to Bronze Age Greece. I will also explain
why the stigma against beer developed in ancient Greco-Roman contexts
and how the tradition was revived and thrived after the fall of the
Western Roman Empire.
Travis Rupp has been employed at Avery Brewing Company in Boulder,
CO, for over four years. Travis’ current positions include special
projects and R&D. He also serves as an advanced sensory panelist at
Avery. Travis is also a full-time adjunct instructor of classics, art
history, and anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has
held this position for six years. Travis teaches all things Egyptian,
Near Eastern, Roman, and Greek. As a result of these two careers and
passions, he is currently writing a book on the beginnings of beer in
the ancient Mediterranean.