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Lycoming County Historical Society

‘Bottles & Brews’: Tasting at the Taber Museum Scheduled

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will highlight the work of local home brewers during ‘Bottles & Brews,’ an evening of samplings of local craft beers and wine on Friday, August 9, from 7 until 10pm. The cost will be $15 per person in advance and $20 per person at the door. The home brewers are members of the Billtown Brewers’ Guild. In addition, professional brewmaster Bart Rieppel will offer a selection of tastings from his current inventory.

Guests to the event will also sample an array of finger foods, enjoy the background music of Matt Cendoma on keyboard provided by Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, examine the summer exhibit “Time in a Bottle”, and tour the museum. Several prizes including two “baskets of cheer” will be raffled off during the evening.

The event is being held as a fundraiser for the Taber Museum and is held in conjunction with a summer exhibit of nineteenth and early twentieth century flasks and bottles. The exhibit features twenty-six stoneware jugs and bottles, all of which contain Prohibition Era Whiskey. The bottles, sealed with paper labels indicating they were produced between 1919-1921, were found in a secret room in a Glenwood Avenue house which was being remodeled. Electricians, working on the wiring, discovered the room.

Also in the exhibit are a number of Williamsport-area bottles collected by Robert E. Kane, Jr. The companies represented include Seigel’s Whiskey, Keystone Bottling, Williamsport Liquor Company (‘Vallamont’ blend), Standard Bottling, Koch’s & Bald Eagle, and Flock’s Brewing Company. In addition, a number of mid-nineteenth century flasks and figural bottles will be on display. They were collected by Catherine S. Nutt and are now permanently housed at the Historical Society. On the evening of the tasting, guest curators Bob Kane and Andy Harris will comment on the exhibit. The exhibit will continue through Friday, August 23.

Space is limited for the evening of tasting, so advance tickets are strongly suggested. Checks may be mailed to: LCHS, 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA. 17701. Free parking is available behind the building and on the street. For further information, please call the Taber Museum at 570.326.3326 or visit the website at www.tabermuseum.org.

 


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