Held at Folsom Tavern, part of the American Independence Museum, Beer for History will continue every other Thursday from 6 to 8 pm through November 21 with a different brewer featured at each event. Other featured brewers include Sea Dog Brewing, Tilton Brothers Brewing, Throwback Brewery and Bad Lab.
As for what people can expect in terms of beer at the series’ first event, Ben Douglas of von Trapp Brewing, based in Stowe, VT, said they plan to bring their Helles, Oktoberfest and Dunkel.
“The drinkability and smoothness that lagers possess is what sets them apart from ales,” he said. “It’s a subtle difference that many craft drinkers don’t really know about, which is why I’m excited we can be at this event and introduce people to our lagers.”
In addition to Douglas, Sam von Trapp of von Trapp Brewing and Trapp Family Lodge will be present at Beer for History, marking the second time he has attended a Beer for History event.
“In order to make a good beer, you have to care about its history and what came before it,” said von Trapp, whose family inspired the movie, The Sound of Music, with Julie Andrews. “That is what makes this series so interesting, because it places our beer in a fun and broader historical context.”
Expressing gratitude at each brewer’s participation in the series, museum Executive Director Emma Bray said proceeds from each event supports educational programs and historic preservation.
“Beer for History is an entry point into the museum’s fascinating history,” she said. “Folsom Tavern once hosted George Washington, so it is fun and meaningful to enjoy a pint in the same room where he did, too.”
At each event, guests can meet and talk with the brewers, sample their beers, hear live colonial music, play colonial-inspired games and more.
Tickets for each event are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Series tickets are $60 and $80 for members and nonmembers, respectively, while youth (under 21) are $3. Ticket prices include beer (21+), entertainment, light snacks from Sea Dog Brewing and more.
To purchase tickets, or learn more about Beer for History, visit independencemuseum.org.