I don’t typically keep up with the goings-on at the New York Historical Society, but their latest exhibition, Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History, caught my attention. Along with SFMOMA’s recent How Wine Became Modern, alcohol seems to be the latest subject to receive the museum treatment. Beer Here, which opens this week, traces the social, cultural, political, and technological history of beer production and consumption in New York over more than three centuries. The resurgence of a craft beer industry in New York served as the impetus for the exhibition which includes sections devoted to the nutritional content of beer brewed during colonial times and the impact of Prohibition. What I imagine will become the most popular portion of the show, however, is the beer hall that features a curated selection of New York State microbrews and a number of tastings and special events. Pretzels from New York’s famed Sigmund’s are also on offer to accompany your draught.
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