Early Upper Hudson Valley Beer Event

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upper hudson valley beerThe Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center presents the last of their Winter Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 8th from 7 pm – 8 pm. The featured speaker is Craig Gravina, co-author of the book Upper Hudson Valley Beer and co-founder of the Albany Ale Project.

Brewing in the Hudson Valley has a long and rich history dating back to the first Dutch settlers of 17th century Beverwyck – now present day Albany. An integral part of society, brewing was a major trade in Dutch New York. Since brewery equipment was expensive, many of the brewers were wealthy and many were appointed to positions of authority, becoming the city’s founding fathers. Many of the original Dutch brewer’s families continued beer making well into the 18th Century. Gravina will also be signing and selling his book Upper Hudson Valley Beer.

The Lecture will take place at Smith’s of Cohoes, 171 Remsen St, Cohoes. Smith’s will be selling special local beers for the occasion, from Davidson Brothers Brewery Company (Glens Falls), Olde Saratoga Brewery Company (Saratoga), and Schmaltz Brewing Company (Clifton Park).  Those interested in dinner, should make a reservation with Smith’s at (518) 237-9809.


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  1. David FiskeDavid Fiske

    Interestingly, David Wilson, who helped Solomon Northup pen his 1853 autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave,
    became part of the beer industry in the Capital District. After working with Northup, Wilson was a member of the Assembly, held several positions in the state government, and, finally, started a brewery (Wilson & Co.). He ran the brewery until his death in 1870. See this Encyclopedia Britannica entry: http://www.britannica.com/biography/David-Wilson


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