The Hippo


May 27, 2020








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Beer for History series

When: Thursdays, Aug. 17, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Folsom Tavern, 164 Water St., Exeter
Cost: $20 per person, or $55 for all three events in the series. American Independence Museum members receive a $5 discount per event.

Historical brews
Drink and learn at Beer for History series

By Matt Ingersoll

 Three Granite State breweries will join forces with the American Independence Museum in Exeter to showcase craft beer and history, with brews being poured alongside colonial-themed games, historical trivia competitions, museum tours and a tavern “escape room.” 

This is the second year the museum is hosting the Beer for History series in its own Folsom Tavern, with one event happening in August, one in September and one in October. During each event, one brewery will lead the festivities with themes related to their brews and to Revolutionary War-era history. 
The first event in the series, featuring Neighborhood Beer Co. in Exeter, is happening Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Additional events are Sept. 14, when the museum will host 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover, and Oct. 12, when Earth Eagle Brewings in Portsmouth will be featured.
“We started with the idea that what we wanted to do was base classic German recipes for our beers … and put an Americanized twist on them,” said Salina McIntire, sales and marketing coordinator of Neighborhood Beer Co. “Some of them we don’t necessarily make year-round, but they are fun for these types of events, because we get to highlight a lot of history and culture.”
Craft brews the Neighborhood Beer Co. will be pouring at the event include the Boss Flamingo, a German steam beer blended with malt and spicy yeast flavors, and the Obstinate Goat, an ale made with German landrace hops to give it a citrusy flavor.
“[The Obstinate Goat] is an American blond ale-style beer,” said Rob Levey, director of advancement for the American Independence Museum. “It has some of the heavier qualities of a bock beer and the lighter qualities of blond beer. … German beers typically have high alcohol content but people are shocked because it tastes so light.”
Museum Executive Director Emma Bray said the breweries and the museum will also host games, trivia, museum tours and even an “escape room” inside the tavern, which will be the theme of the August event.
“The tavern is going to be open for people to walk around through … and there are labels and interpretive panels to talk about the tavern’s history,” Bray said. “Children are welcome as well. There will be a children’s space in the tavern with food and games.”
Levey, who came up with the series idea last year, said he wanted to create an event to connect the history of brewing beer with the history of the museum.
“Breweries love history and honor their roots … and these events also allow us to honor the roots of our country as well,” he said. “The property [of the museum] is really important, not only to Exeter but to the history of the state as well, because it was actually the capital of New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War. … George Washington also had a beer in one of the rooms in the tavern before he was president, so folks will have the opportunity to see that room.”
Multiple breweries attended the same events during last year’s Beer for History series. But this year’s events have been tweaked, Levey said, to give each visiting brewery its own platform to showcase its brews.
“By narrowing the focus down to one brewery per festival, it gives the staff a chance to talk about what they brew and how they brew it, and a little more about the business as well,” he said. “It all connects back to the historical aspect of brewing beer.”

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