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Past Programs
Harlem Brewing Company
Celeste Beatty, Founder
Sat, June 23rd, 2012 | 3:00 pm
(Members $20)

Event details

To celebrate our exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York's History, the New-York Historical Society is hosting a series of Saturday beer tastings by local breweries in the exhibition's Beer Hall, run by Starr Restaurants Catering Group. The program will run from May 26 through August 25; half-hour tastings will start at 2pm and 4pm. Not only will visitors get to taste some of these local creations, but there will be hops, whole leaf flowers and other beer ingredients for people to touch, smell and experience.

Beer at the Tasting:

The tasting will feature Sugar Hill Golden Ale, a medium bodied golden ale is known for its drinkability, with a subtle citrus accent and a finish of hops and malt flavor.


Beer Tasting & Admission combined ticket: $35 (members $20). You must be 21 or older to enjoy our tasting program.

Six Pack Special Discount (purchase by telephone or in person only): purchase tickets to six separate tastings for only $150 (members $100). To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s new in-house call center at (212) 485-9268.

Brewery History

The Harlem Brewing Company story starts about 86 years ago. Legend has it that during Prohibition a special beer was being made Uptown in Harlem that was the rave! During the early years of the Harlem Renaissance, this secret brew could be found in Speakeasies and after hours spots all over Harlem. It was said to be the brew of choice for the many great musicians and artists that flourished in Harlem at that time. Sugar Hill Beer provides the authentic delicious, unique taste Harlemites loved during the Renaissance. The brand's beginnings in recent history took place in the spring of 1996 when the Harlem Brewery Company sat down to swing the brews and create a truly unique beer recipe with a taste of the Harlem experience. After a series of very intense jam sessions (meaning practice, research and more practice) lasting days, weeks and a couple of years, it mastered the art of the brew, balancing its water, hops, barley, and yeast.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Purchasing Tickets By Phone/In Person

To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s new in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

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