From formal lectures to casual tastings, John Holl has created customized events for companies both large and small, and for private groups. Each event is paired with local, specialty, or rare beers and can be combined with a food pairing experience.

No event is too big or too small and each is catered to your specific needs and budget. Learn about the history of craft beer, how to pair beer and food, or take a deep dive into how the ingredients of beer affect flavor and aroma.

A beer tasting is a great team building experience or a fun way to reward employees for a job well done. Contact John Holl to learn more about booking a special beer tasting or event.

Book Signing and Beer Tasting @ Harvard Club
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Book Signing and Beer Tasting @ Harvard Club

An Exploration of Lagers and Pilsners with John Holl, Author, Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint

The Harvard Club once again welcomes its fellow Ivy League Club members for the annual Summer All-Ivy Beer Tasting. This year they will have John Holl, beer expert and the author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint. John is also the Senior Editor of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine and co-Host of the Steal This Beer podcast.

This year they will delve into the world of lagers and pilsners. This esteemed beer category has been overshadowed with the rise of the craft beer movement, but recently it is enjoying a small batch renaissance. From classic recipes that highlight Germany and the Czech Republic to beers that kick up the flavor of the American light lager, there is a lot to explore when it comes to nuance.

From dark and smoky, to crisp and biscuity, this guided tasting will open new avenues of flavor while sharing the stories and passions of talented brewers. A menu of Eastern and Central European dishes, created especially for the event by Chef David Haviland will pair beautifully with their beer selections.


Smoke and Dagger: Smoked lager from Jack’s Abby

Pilsner Urquell, Czech Republic

This Town, Carton Brewing Co.

Gonzo Baltic Porter, Flying Dog

plus lagers and pilsners from local breweries