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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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Beer: New Brewery Set to Open in Greenport, LI

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On the North Fork of Long Island, a new type of tasting experience is in the works—and it isn’t happening at the area’s vineyards.

Beer drinkers, welcome to wine country.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Final touches are being added to the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, set to open in mid-June in the Long Island seaport village. On tap will be free tastings of three different types of suds—a pale ale, an IPA, and a porter.

Co-founders John Liegey, 45, and Richard Vandenburgh, 46, emphasize that their operation is not a brewpub, but a working brewery. Suds fans can watch the process of beer making at the brewery, which is situated in a renovated Greenport fire house.

“We’re the antithesis of Budweiser,” says the ruggedly handsome Vanderburgh, who along with co-owner Liegey, brims with enthusiasm for the craft of artisan beer production.

“We’re not commercially driven but the story of what beer could be,” he adds.

Initially, the brewery will be open for tastings from Thursdays through Sundays. Along with free tastings, the brewery will fill you your growler, too, for around $10-$14 per refill.

So what’s a microbrewery doing in wine country? I always thought wine—not beer—was what the North Fork of Long Island is all about.

Beer is “a complement not a conflict” to the wines grown in the area, insists Liegey.

On this sunny May day, I watched as the two men, friends since college, worked feverishly to complete the transformation of the boxy fire station into a brewery. The sound of hammers and saws filled the air, which smelled of sawdust and plaster.

Upstairs on the second floor is where the grain will be milled. On the first floor, loom three huge stainless steel fermenting tanks, each one holding 930 gallons. A glass partition will divide the viewing room from the space with the beer making activities. Vintage touches, like the original tin ceiling, will remain. (One reasons for the do-it-yourself initiative is that the partners closed on the building on Sept. 17—two days after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Money has been tighter than expected.)

The pair of beer makers, along with head brewer DJ Swanson, hope that local farmers will start growing hops for their operation. And, eventually, they want to sell Greenport Harbor Brewing Company beer to local restaurants and retailers.

But for now, it’s all about tasting the new beers.

It’s ” not a place that’s a drinking establishment,” Liegey emphasizes.  It’s “not unlike a farm stand: you look at the produce and say I’ll take that that looks good.”

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
234 Carpenter Street
631-477-6681
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