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Beer Tastings and History at the New York Historical Society

Bar tray, 1900–1930. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bella C. Landauer. Photo: NYHS

By Laura B. Weiss

Calling all brewmeisters and beer fiends. You can sample beer and see exhibits chronicling the sudsy brew’s storied New York history at Brew Here, the New York Historical Society‘s summer exhibit, opening May 25, 2012.  It’ll go all summer long, until September 2.

The exhibit will walk you through beer’s long and colorful history in New York, from the 17th century to the present.  Apparently, New York’s brewing history is largely unknown. That’s kind of strange considering all the beer making going on these days.

So if you have a thirst for beer—not just drinking it, but knowing something about its local roots—mosey on over to the NYHS.  Here’s some of what you’ll learn and get to view:

  • The nutritional properties of colonial beer and early New York brewers in the age of revolution;
  • Large-scale brewing in nineteenth-century New York and the influence of immigration;
  • The influence of temperance and impact of prohibition;
  • Bottling, canning, refrigeration and other technological advances;
  • A 1779 account book from a New York City brewer who sold beer and ale to both the British and patriot sides
  • A bronze medal that commemorates an 1855 New York State temperance law;
  • Beer trays from a variety of late nineteenth-century brewers;
  • A sign from the campaign to repeal prohibition;
  • And a selection of advertisements from Piels, Rheingold and Schaefer,  hometown brewers of bygone days.

You’ll get thirsty after all that brewski learning.  Not to worry.  There’s a beer hall attached to the exhibit featuring  a selection of New York City and State artisanal beers. The beer hall hours are: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays: 2pm–6pm, Fridays: 2pm–8pm, Sundays: 2pm–5pm

Want more beer mind food and a host of tastings? Here are some other events that will take place throughout the summer.

For tickets to these programs, please call the New-York Historical Society’s call center at (212) 485-9268 or visit http://www.nyhistory.org/programs.

BEER APPRECIATION NIGHT: THE HISTORY AND RENAISSANCE OF AMERICAN BREWING

Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 PM

Program & Beer Tasting combined ticket $49 (Members $37)

Program only $24 (members $12)

Location: Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

BEER TASTINGS:

Individual Tasting Program $35 (Members $20). Six Pack Special Discount (purchase by telephone or in person only): purchase tickets to six separate tastings for only $150 (members $100). You must be 21 years old or older to enjoy our tastings.

EMPIRE BREWING COMPANY

Wednesday July 4, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm

Saturday, July 7, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

Program $35 (Members $20).  You must be 21 or older to enjoy our tasting program.

Location: Robert H. Smith Gallery South at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

CAPTAIN LAWRENCE BREWING COMPANY

Saturday, July 7, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

Program $35 (Members $20).  You must be 21 or older to enjoy our tasting program.

Location: Robert H. Smith Gallery South at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

GENESEE BREWING COMPANY

Saturday, July 14, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

Program $35 (Members $20).  You must be 21 or older to enjoy our tasting program.

Location: Robert H. Smith Gallery South at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

HEARTLAND BREWERY

Saturday, July 21, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

Program $35 (Members $20).  You must be 21 or older to enjoy our tasting program.

Location: Robert H. Smith Gallery South at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

 ITHACA BEER COMPANY

Saturday, July 28, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

Program $35 (Members $20).  You must be 21 or older to enjoy our tasting program.

Location: Robert H. Smith Gallery South at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

caramel malt and Cascade Hops; and Apricot Wheat Ale, an easy-drinking wheat beer is light in color and body with a hint of apricot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Fairway Upper West Side Does Food Demos Saturday

Fairway Upper West Side. Photo: Courtesy of Fairway.

If you’re shopping at Fairway Saturday, you can get free samples and watch some demos by the supermarket’s chefs and other food experts. No, there’s no demo of how to avoid mixing it up with the market’s famously aggressive shoppers.

The program takes place from 11am to 3 pm at the Upper West Side store  (2127 Broadway at 74th Street).

Here’s what’s on tap:

Michael Lewin—cookies.

Hannah Howard—cheeses

Benny Lanfranco—international coffees

Ray Venezia—Hereford shell steaks

Vinnie Olivieri—asparagus pasta

Produce—Uncle Vinnie’s green salads

Lori Levy—pancakes with maple syrup

Will Sneddon—shrimp salad

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A New Westside Market Opens on Broadway on the Upper West Side

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The newest Westside Market opened today on Broadway at 97th Street, and Upper West Side food shoppers thronged the store for a first look at the produce, the prepared foods and the salad bar.

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The neighbors seemed mostly pleased, but being New Yorkers, they of course had to kvetch.

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While inside, Maria Zoitas, John’s wife of 40 years who makes all the store’s prepared foods, surveyed her new domain.

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People are Tired of Zabar’s, says Gastronomie 491 Owner

Gastronomie 49, opening day, March 21, 2011. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Just-opened Upper West Side food specialty shop Gastronomie 491 owner Nicole Ahronee says, “People are tired of going to Zabar’s,” and that they’re eager for an alternative to the 70-plus-year old food emporium. Gastronomie 491, an upscale eat-in and take-out place, is just a few short blocks away from Zabar’s, which is on Broadway at 80th Street.

“They’re so grateful…having this in the neighborhood,” the auburn-haired owner said on opening day of locals’ reactions to the food, cheese and desserts market that opened March 21 at Columbus and 84th Street.

When asked to respond to Ahronee’s contention that people are tiring of Zabar’s, the owners, Stanley and Saul Zabar, said through a spokesman, that people should “see our Facebook page, and our blog, which reveal that Zabar’s is, and continues to be, greatly appreciated by our customers.”

On the night that Gastronomie 491 opened its doors to customers, a steady stream of curious locals trekked in and out. A few were buying. Most were food tourists eying the artfully displayed fresh vegetables and prepared foods like cauliflower au gratin with olives.

“I know the neighborhood,” Ahronee said as she stood in the front of the shop greeting neighbors and friends offering good wishes and gifts of potted plants. “I can feel the energy.”


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Gastronomie 491 Food Market and Cafe Opens on Upper West Side

I missed yesterday’s press preview for the opening of the new Upper West Side specialty food store and cafe, Gastronomie 491. But you can get some idea of what the  place is all about  from these photos, supplied by the market’s  publicist.

If you can’t live without items like Sant’ Eustachio coffee or Maisie Jane’s organic almonds and almond butters, you can find them at the 2,200 square foot market and eatery.

The prices don’t seem totally over-the-top  (A dinner menu charcuterie plate goes for $15.00; Sicilian style seared yellow fin tuna, $22.00).

Owner Nicole Ahronee seems to have put together an attractive, welcoming spot. How does the food taste? I’ll get back to you on that.

Gastronomie 491

491 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
212.974.7871

Photos: Michael Tulipan 

 

 

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