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BrewErie Canal: A Short History of Syracuse Breweries

May 27, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

As part of the Erie Canal Museum‘s ongoing Erie Eats: Erie Canal Foodways Project, May’s Lunchtime Lecture features Bob Searing, Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association, Thursday, May 27 at 12 PM EDT. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the program will be streamed live on the Museum’s Facebook page. Please consider making a $5 donation, as is typical of all Lunchtime Lectures. Everyone who donates will receive a personal link to watch the lecture live on Zoom and participate in a Q&A session. Donations may be made through the Shop page of our website.

This presentation covers the storied brewing history in the Salt City. The city’s central location on the Erie Canal, the easy access to fresh water and ice, and the ease of transportation coupled with the significant levels of immigration of Irish and German immigrants in the 19th century made Syracuse a major brewing center in the days before Prohibition killed most of the local breweries off. The talk covers the major players locally including Greenway’s, Bartels, Haberle, and Moore and Quinn, as well as some of the smaller, short-lived brands. The talk ends with the renaissance of local brewing, including a discussion of Middle Ages, Empire, Towpath, Eastwood, Talking Cursive, Heritage Hill, and the OHA and Willow Rock’s revival of the beloved Congress Beer in August of 2019. Cheers!


Funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

The Erie Canal Museum is partially supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


May 27, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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