New-York Historical Society to Host a Series of Beer Tastings from New York Breweries, in Conjunction with the New Exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History
New York, NY – To celebrate its summer exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History, the New-York Historical Society will host a series of beer tastings that showcase the thriving brewing culture in New York City and State. Beer Here will examine the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in the city from the seventeenth century to the present day. The exhibit will conclude with a small beer hall that features a selection of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers.
Beer Here: Brewing New York's History is proudly sponsored by Crown Holdings, Inc. Additional support is provided by Brooklyn Brewery and Heartland Brewery.
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-5 pm, as well as special hours on Memorial Day and Labor Day from 2 pm-5 pm. The beer tasting program, run by Starr Restaurants’ catering group – Stephen STARR Events—will take place in the exhibition’s beer hall on Saturday afternoons from May 26 through August 25, 2012.
The half-hour beer tasting events, which will occur at 2 pm and 4 pm, will offer visitors the chance to hear directly from brewers and brewery founders about the history and process of making beer. In addition to tasting local artisanal creations, visitors also will experience first-hand the hops, whole leaf flowers and other ingredients used to make beer. Tickets for a tasting event are $35 each (Members $20) and may be purchased online. A six-pack special discount, featuring tickets to six separate tastings, is $150 (Members $100; all purchases by telephone or in-person only). A complete tasting event schedule follows below.
In addition to the beer tastings, New-York Historical also will host Beer Appreciation Night on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 pm, featuring Beer Here curators Debra Schmidt Bach and Nina Nazionale; Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery; Steve Hindy, co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery; and Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. A special tasting of Brooklyn Brewery beers will follow the program. Combined tickets for the program and beer tasting are $49 (Members $37), and program-only tickets are $24 (Members $12).
Beer Tastings Schedule & Participating Breweries
• May 26– Matt Brewing Company
• June 2 –Kelso Beer Co.
• June 9 – Keegan Ales
• June 16 – Bronx Brewery
• June 23 – Harlem Brewing Company
• June 30 – Blue Point Brewing Company
• July 4 – Empire Brewing Company
• July 7 – Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
• July 14 – Genesee Brewing Company
• July 21 – Heartland Brewery
• July 28 – Ithaca Beer Company
• August 4 – Matt Brewing Company
• August 11 – Bronx Brewery
• August 18 – Keegan Ales
• August 25 – Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
The Matt Brewing Company
Saturday, May 26, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm; Saturday, August 4, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
The Matt Brewing Company has prospered at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Central New York for over a century. Under the leadership of the third and fourth generations of the Matt Family, the Brewery has earned the reputation as one of the most respected specialty brewers in the country and continues its family tradition with the celebrated Saranac family of beers. The tasting will feature Saranac White IPA, bursting with Citra hops and the refreshing fruitiness of orange peel and coriander, and the softening characters of wheat malt and oats, as well as other special selected beer.
Kelso Beer Co.
Saturday, June 2, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
Kelso Beer Co. was founded by Kelly Taylor, a brewmaster at Heartland Brewery, and his wife, Sonya Giacobbe in 2006 to create fresh, flavorful, low-alcohol session beer. The tasting will feature Saison, a Belgian style ale; Recessionator, a big bold doppleback; India Pale Ale, a punchy, bright and unique beer; and Pilsner, a classic European pils, with a floral nose, slightly sweet with a dry finish.
Saturday, June 9, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm; Saturday, August 18, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
Keegan Ales was founded in early 2003 when Tommy Keegan learned about an empty building in Kingston that nobody would buy because there was a defunct brewery stuck in it! The Keegan Ales tasting will feature Mother’s Milk, a dark and creamy milk stout with hints of oatmeal, chocolate and milk; Hurricane Kitty, a coppery and heavily hopped India Pale Ale; and Barley Wine.
Saturday, June 16, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm; Saturday, August 11, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
Bronx Brewery, a craft brewer and distributor based in the South Bronx, was launched in 2011 by a small team with two things in common: a maniacal focus on creating high-quality beer and a passion for the Bronx. Bronx Brewery will serve its Bronx Pale Ale, a deep amber, American-style pale ale. A second, yet-to-be released, spring beer may also be available.
Harlem Brewing Company
Saturday, June 23, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
The Harlem Brewing Company story starts about 86 years ago. Legend has it that during Prohibition a special beer was being made and this secret brew could be found in Speakeasies and after-hours spots all over Harlem. This tasting will feature Sugar Hill Golden Ale, a medium bodied golden ale known for its drinkability, with a subtle citrus accent and a finish of hops and malt flavor.
Blue Point Brewing Company
Saturday, June 30, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
Blue Point Brewing Company is Long Island’s only microbrewery. It was founded in 1998 by two long-time friends, Mark Burford and Pete Cotter. The brewery’s unique direct-fire brew kettle imparts a lightly toasted, complex taste to produce a line of ultra-premium microbrews.
Empire Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 4, 2012: 2pm & 4pm
Empire Brewing Company, which opened in 1994 in Syracuse, NY, has won multiple national and international awards, has a successful restaurant, bar and grill in downtown Syracuse, and has expanded its brewing efforts to Brooklyn. The company puts a high priority on the use of local ingredients in their beer, using ingredients from its garden in Cazenovia, and is the first business in Central New York to use 100% New York State produced renewable energy.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Saturday, July 7, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
Started by Scott Vacarro, an avid brewer from the young age of 17, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company opened in 2006 and is named after Captain Lawrence Drive, the street where Vacarro grew up. After much success, Vacarro recently expanded the brewery into a new location in Elmsford, NY with more brewing capacity and a large tasting room. The tasting will feature Captain Kolisch, Liquid Gold, and Pale Ale.
Genesee Brewing Company
Saturday, July 14, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
Genesee Brewing Company, based in Rochester, NY, is one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the United States. The Brewery makes the Genesee line of beers, including the original Genesee Cream Ale, Dundee Pilsner, the award winning Dundee Pale Bock, Dundee Stout, and Dundee India Pale Ale.
Saturday, July 21, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
Heartland Brewery opened as New York’s first American style brewpub on Union Square in 1995 and has been igniting New Yorkers’ passion for craft beers ever since. Heartland has consistently brewed New York’s freshest craft beers, including Heartland’s classic six as well as a wide range of unique seasonal brews.
Ithaca Beer Company
Saturday, July 28, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
In December 1998, Dan Mitchell, founder of Ithaca Beer Company, created the first local brewery in Ithaca that exemplifies “The Spirit of the Finger Lakes.” Ithaca Beer Company was recently awarded two medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado in 2008. The tasting will feature Nut Brown, with subtle hints of both chocolate and coffee; CascaZilla, a red ale; and Apricot Wheat Ale, an easy-drinking wheat beer.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Saturday, August 25, 2012: 2 pm & 4 pm
Founders John Liegy and Rich Vandenburgh met in college and dreamed of opening a microbrewery. That dream became a reality when in in July of 2009, the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company was founded. Today, Greenport’s beer is served in more than 200 locations on Long Island and in New York City.
About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
The New-York Historical Society is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society; Nueva York; and Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.
About STARR Restaurants
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