"Beer Here," an Exhibition on Brewing at the New-York Historical Society
At one point in our history, beer was considered safer to drink than water! "Beer Here" explores the past of New York brewing, including its stint as the country leader of hop production, British and German influence, and of course, Prohibition. The exhibit ends in a local beer hall, where brews can be purchased and sampled.
Beer, we learn, under the firm guidance of the show’s curators, Debra Schmidt Bach and Nina Nazionale, is one of those small things through which large forces can be discerned. And its history in New York is as unexpected as the variations in taste produced during today’s micro-brewing renaissance.