Drinking is to education as the Five-anti Campaign was to political expression, in that it extinguishes the pursuit of it, likely to the point where even as a PoliSci major you have no idea what the Five-anti Campaign is. Thankfully, that's not the case at Beer Here, an exhibit/beer hall at the NY Historical Society chronicling the production & consumption of local suds from pre-Revolution times right through today.
Drop by, and you'll learn impressive-to-people-at-bars factoids like this: the East 90's were lousy with breweries in the late 19th century, with Hell Gate, Jacob Ruppert's, and Ringler all located on a stretch between 90th-93rd, though you can still imagine them today if you close your eyes and smell... just about any other bar there. There'll also be artifacts including bottles discovered at downtown archaeological digs, anti-prohibition signs, and a Currier & Ives ad suggesting their beer is "Fresh & Cool", which their ad department clearly isn't.
Once you've soaked up your fill of knowledge, soak up actual beer in their garden, where Sigmund's pretzels can be washed down w/ local suds, and weekly tastings will be held by the likes of Bronx Brewery, Kelso, and Ithaca, itself a destination for students who want an Ivy League education, but take the SAT without really understanding what a simile is.
Published: May 21, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
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