‘Hot Chili and Cold Brew' to be served at museum
By JOHN HOLL
A hundred years ago, brewing was the fourth-largest industry in
Newark and the seventh largest in the state. Beers like Ballantine,
Rheingold and Pabst were served at taverns as well as directly from
But a one-two punch of prohibition and anti-German sentiment
during World War I shuttered many breweries or forced them to the
The only large-scale brewery that remains in the state is the
Anheuser-Busch facility next to Newark Liberty International
Airport, although there are quite a few craft breweries that have set
up shop here in the last decade or so.
Later this month, the Newark Museum will seek to revive some of
the city's brewing glory when it hosts a fundraiser called "An
Evening of Hot Chili & Cold Brew," to be held on Thursday, October
15, at 6:00 p.m. at the museum.
More than 60 domestic and international beers will be paired with
meat and vegetarian chilies. Several of the beers on the menu will
come from Essex County breweries like Cricket Hill of Fairfield and
Gaslight of South Orange.
Rounding out the New Jersey offerings will be Climax Brewing of
Roselle Park, River Horse of Lambertville, and the High Point
The fundraiser is hosted by the Newark Museum Volunteer
Organization and the Newark Museum Business & Community
Council and will benefit the museum.
Chilies and other savory and sweet foods will come from nearly a
dozen establishments including Exquisite Entertaining, the
Gaslight Brewery (which is also a restaurant), The Kilkenny Ale
House (a great bar located around the corner from the museum),
and the famed Hobby's Delicatessen & Restaurant.
Other non-Jersey beers that will be offered come from celebrated
breweries like Blue Point of Long Island, Peak Organic of Maine and
Unibroue of Canada.
Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple (with a $35 tax
deduction per ticket) and include access to the historic Ballantine
House, home of the famed beer-brewing family, which is now part
of the museum.
Ticket holders will also be able to tour three new exhibitions:
Party Time: Re-imagine America, A Centennial Commission by
Yinka Shonibare MBE;
100 Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930;
New Work: Newark in 3D, A Centennial Film Commission by
Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno.
To purchase tickets by credit card, call (973) 596-6559 or mail
checks to: Newark Museum, An Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew,
49 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102-3176.
"Breweries were an important industry in Newark and there were
many beers made in the Brick City, including Ballantine," said
Agnes Irene Rymer, member of the Newark Museum Business &
Community Council and Partner of Saiber LLC, located at 1
Gateway Center in Newark. "This event is a wonderful way to taste
different brews, celebrate the history of beer, meet new people, and
support the Newark Museum."
John Holl writes about the craft beer and culture of drinking. He may
be reached at email@example.com .
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