Sunday, December 10, 2023

Free Beer Tasting Event Planned To Celebrate Hampton History Museum Exhibit On Prohibition

HAMPTON—In conjunction with the exhibit “Teetotalers and Moonshiners, and Hampton’s Prohibition Story,” the Hampton History Museum will highlight establishments that cater to today’s beer aficionados. The event, titled “Prohibition Legacies: Taste of Summer,” is scheduled for this Saturday, June 24, from noon to 2pm.

“We created this event to celebrate local businesses, our great Prohibition exhibit, and a chance to introduce new people to the museum,” said Luci Talbot Cochran, executive director of Hampton Historic Assets. “We want to introduce people to the lighter side of history and a few of the local breweries in Hampton coupled with the chance to see our new exhibit for free, a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”

The Prohibition exhibit is the result of a partnership with the Library of Virginia and the museum’s major partner, Old Point National Bank, which turns 100 this year.

“On November 1, 1916, Virginia began a grand experimentation in Prohibition,” said Cochran. “For seventeen years after that, America attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty country. Hampton’s own Prohibition story differs in some unexpected ways. This fascinating history is all upstairs in the museum’s Tormey Gallery.”

The museum partnered with Hampton breweries, cideries, and distilleries for the event. 1865 Brewing Company, Bull Island Brewing Company, Capstan Bar Brewing Company, Oozlefinch Beers and Blending, Sly Clyde Ciderworks, St. George Brewing Company, and the Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery will be on hand to provide samples of their products.

This is the museum’s inaugural beer tasting. Another is expected to happen this fall. Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Ln.

The tasting is free and open to anyone 21 and over, and includes free admission to the Prohibition exhibit. The event is limited to 150 people and registration is required to secure a spot. Interested parties can register by calling 757-727-1102. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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