Books & Brews

Books & Brews, a collaboration with Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg, and with Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery in Crozet, is a series of talks with authors from around our area and the world.

With our Books & Brews events, when you present your WMRA MemberCard, you'll receive a certificate for a complimentary beer and the events are free and free-to-all, whether you're a member of WMRA or not. 

Authors whose work we've celebrated and discussed have included CIA historian Nicholas Reynolds, acclaimed music journalist Preston Lauterbach, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Alan Taylor, and former Poet Laureate Rita Dove.

Books & Brews is at Pale Fire Brewing Company the second Tuesday of every month, and at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery the following Wednesday. We hope to see you there!

Our April 5th Books and Brews featured Music journalist Preston Lauterbach, author of Beale Street Dynasty and The Chitlin' Circuit. About 75 people came out to hear Preston speak at Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg. Many also stayed to hear blues musician Austin Shifflett.

On Tuesday, March 1st, roughly 100 people attended our Books and Brews discussion with Beth Macy, author of Factory Man

The evening was hosted by WMRA's Martha Woodroof.

On Tuesday, February 2nd, author Michael Signer discussed his book, "Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father." An estimated 130 people came out to hear him speak.

Christopher Louderbeck

Thanks to everyone who came out to our second Books and Brews, making it a great success!  It was standing-room-only at Pale Fire Brewing Company as over a hundred WMRA members were treated to a complimentary beer and a fascinating talk by Gary Noesner.