“Beer Here” is the name of a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society which aims to showcase the rich history of beer in New York City. The exhibit will cover the beginning of New York Beer with the insurgence of Dutch and German immigrants, all the way to modern day craft brewing. In the beginning , New York offered wonderful brewing weather and Dutch and German immigrants were able to bring the brewing techniques of their culture with them to be refined in America. Along with many interesting artifacts, the exhibit will feature packages of hops from the era, a beer order for George Washington’s troops and foggy bottles excavated from lower Manhattan that point to the drink’s popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The exhibit will also look to the age where health benefits drove much of the city to beer since it was actually much cleaner than the cities polluted water system and continue on through the prohibition era, the resurgence of beer makers in the 50′s and 60′s, and eventually end with a tasting room with local craft breweries to show how strong New York’s craft beer scene is today.