Temperance Funeral

What: Beer & Food

When: Tuesday - October 31, 2017 @ 06:30PM to Tuesday - October 31, 2017 @ 09:30PM

Where: Heurich House Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
Lay the spirit of Temperance to rest with the Heurich House Museum

On Halloween eve, from 6:30-9:30pm, the Heurich House Museum will hold a mock funeral for the spirit of Temperance. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the night Washington drank the remainder of its alcohol before Prohibition took over the city, this event is an effort to permanently banish the spirits of temperance from returning to the city.

The evening’s ceremony will mimic the fake funerals for “John Barleycorn” which were held across the country by temperance leaders when Prohibition was enacted in America. Prohibition arrived in Washington, DC earlier than the rest of the nation, on midnight between October 31 and November 1, 1917. For the next 16 years, Washington, DC brewers were forced to stop production causing many businesses to close permanently.

During the “open casket wake”, ceremony, and post-funeral reception, guests will work alongside modern-day DC beer and spirits industry leaders to perform the ritual ceremonies required to keep temperance at bay. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their finest mourning clothes and participate in the funereal activities.

The event will take place at the historic home of DC’s most successful brewmaster, Christian Heurich, from 6:30-9:30pm on October 31, 2017. Tickets include unlimited drinks, food, and entertainment. To purchase tickets, go to http://bit.ly/HHMTemp.

About Heurich House Museum
Since 2011, when new leadership took control of the Heurich House Museum, the organization has been transformed into a modern and sustainable museum whose mission celebrates local DC history and creative economy in one of the city's most important architectural landmarks. The mansion, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW in Dupont Circle, was built in the 1890’s by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich. Recognized as Washington, DC’s most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., the city’s longest-operating brewery, until his death at 102. 

The individual programs the Heurich House Museum has established not only sustain the organization and support its mission, but also help uplift other DC communities. The Museum operates an arts and humanities incubator, Brewmaster Studios, which provides low cost or space-for-trade to local makers, entrepreneurs, and scholars, and has formed deep relationships with the local craft beer community that provides tremendous support through partnership programs like Oktoberfest and History & Hops. For more information about the Heurich House Museum, visit heurichhouse.org and follow on social media @HeurichHouse.

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