|"The great point is to bring |
them the real facts, and beer.
Debra Schmidt Bach, one of the curators of the exhibit, explains, "When you have something that a lot of us take for granted, like beer, or water, or ice, when you scratch the surface even a tiny bit you find it has a really long and rich history; beer has a long and rich history in New York."
Several highlights of the exhibition include a collection of radio and television advertisements from Schaefers, Piels, and Rheingold Breweries, record books from colonial breweries, and a variety or breweriana from the 19th and early 20th century. Everything wraps up in a beer hall,
where current New York City and State brewers get to show their ongoing contributions to the evolving story of New York beer history. I'll be honest, this is a clever tie from past to present. One of the disconnects of history presentation is when people can't make the jump from the past events and how it impacts the present and the future. By showing the 300 year continuum of New York brewing this exhibition builds an understanding of how the past relates to the current brewing scene both in the City and State of New York thereby building greater understanding on future potential and also showing viewers what has been lost over time. Add in the fact that the focus is very much on the New York City beer scene, which while limited in breadth does allow for a lot of depth, you can end up with a comprehensive overview of beer's role in New York City both yesterday and today.
|The exhibition starts in colonial times.|
|Bert explains to Harry why |
you need to check this out!
|The beer hall ties past to to a |
|In my view the coolest souvenir of the |
exhibition is the Beer Here growlers.
If you are up in New York City or heading that way during the summer, love beer and have a fondness for history then this is well worth the stop. For beer lovers this will help build a greater appreciation of your beverage of choice, for history buffs this is another viewpoint to understand how commodities interact and impact societies. The New York Historical Society has set up a cool exhibit that serves up a rich slice of New York history and there is beer at the end of it!
|Miss Rheingold 1956 may not be present|
at the exhibition but her dress is!