On Saturday, April 12 from 4pm to 7pm, the Table Hopping Blog and the Albany Institute of History & Art will host the third annual Hudson Valley Hops. This event is a celebration of the strong history of brewing in Albany and today’s craft beer industry. Guests can sample local craft beers, hear talks by beer historians and brewery experts, enjoy food, and take home a commemorative glass.
There will also be a special exhibition with artifacts that tell the history of brewing in Albany and the capital region. Historic photographs, advertisements, and packaging from local brewers will be on view for this event.
Other items on display will be an early twentieth-century Beverwyck Brewing Company Serving Tray (pictured below). Of special interest is the door from the Royal Orb Inn of Wetzlar, Germany, the building where the Schaefer family began brewing beer. Brothers Frederick and Maximillian Schaefer immigrated to the United States and began the F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Company in 1842. Schaefer Brewing Company is just one of the region’s breweries with items in the Albany Institute’s collection.
The event costs $25 for Albany Institute members and $30 for general public. Participants must be 21 and over (IDs will be checked at the door). Reservations for Hudson Valley Hops 2014 can be made by calling (518) 463-4478 or online at www.albanyinstitute.org. Limited parking is available in the Albany Institute of History & Art’s parking lot off of Elk Street.
Participating breweries include: Adirondack Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, Brown’s Brewing Co., Chatham Brewing, C.H. Evans Brewing, Druthers, and Olde Saratoga Brewing Co.
Guest speakers include: Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod from the Albany Ale Project; Dietrich Gehring from Indian Ladder Farms; Roger Savoy from Homebrew Emporium; and Sam Filler from the Craft Beer Initiative at Empire State Development.
Additional sponsors include: Hilton Albany; Lion Heart Pub; Mazzone Hospitality; The Restaurants of the Desmond; Spectrum Theatres; Times Union; The Ginger Man; The Hollow; and Washington Tavern.
Illustration: Beverwyck Brewing Company Serving Tray, printed and painted sheet iron, c. 1901-1910, from the collection of the Albany Institute of History & Art.