Beer Here: Brewing New York's History

What: Educational

When: Sunday - September 02, 2012 @ 10:00AM to Sunday - September 02, 2012 @ 06:00PM

Where: New-York Historical Society, New York, New York
The fascinating yet largely unknown legacy of the cultural history of beer in New York is uncovered in Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History at the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition traces over three centuries of the production and consumption of beer in the city—from colonial New York, when beer was a vital source of nourishment and tax revenues, to the current artisanal revolution occurring in microbreweries throughout the state.

This exhibition is on view at New-York Historical through September 2, 2012. Beer has been brewed in New York City since the days of its earliest European settlement. Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History will begin with an exploration of the colonial period in New York when beer was often safer to drink than water, and noted citizens brewed beer as just one aspect of their business activities. It will then take the visitor up to the present popularity of microbreweries and homebrewing. Topics include the nutritional properties of colonial beer and early New York brewers in the age of revolution; infrastructure innovations and the importance of access to clean water; large-scale brewing in nineteenth-century New York and the influence of immigration; temperance movements and the impact of prohibition; bottling, canning, refrigeration and other technological advances; and the promotional efforts of the City’s breweries in the age of mass production. These topics will be highlighted through a display of historical objects and documents such as a 1779 account book from a New York City brewer who sold beer to both the British and patriot sides; sections of early nineteenth-century wooden pipes from one of the city’s first water systems; a bronze medal that commemorates an 1855 New York State temperance law; beer trays from a variety of late nineteenth-century brewers; souvenirs from the campaign to repeal prohibition; and a selection of advertisements from Piels, Rheingold and Schaefer, beloved hometown brewers.

The exhibit will conclude with a small beer hall that features a selection of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers. The beer hall will be open Tuesday- Thursday and Saturdays from 2 pm- 6 pm, Fridays from 2 pm-8 pm, and Sundays from 2 pm- 5pm, as well as special hours on Memorial and Labor Day from 2 pm-5 pm.

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