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Fruitful Brews at Homewood Museum’s17th Evening of Traditional Beverages

May 9, 2013
Contact: Heather Egan Stalfort

Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Museum will again strike the perfect balance between libations and learning at its 17th Evening of Traditional Beverages, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, May 30. Now a Baltimore tradition, the event combines sophisticated historical content with an al fresco cocktail party held on the museum’s north lawn.

This year’s theme, Fruitful Brews, spotlights fruit beer and cider makers who are crafting a comeback—reviving America’s orchard heritage, revisiting traditional styles, and bringing new sophistication to these age-old farmhouse beverages. Guests are invited to welcome summer with a variety of fruit-powered artisanal ciders and beers, including regional offerings from Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Millstone Cellars, Dogfish Head Brewery and Union Craft Brewing, who will tap a cask ale made especially for the evening.

Woodberry Kitchen will offer seasonally-inspired, farm-to-table snacks and there will be brief remarks by Nina Beth Cardin, founder and director of the Baltimore Orchard Project; Rob Kasper, Baltimore beer scholar and journalist; and Corey Polyoka, beverage director at Woodberry Kitchen. The museum will open at 5:30 p.m. so that guests arriving early can visit the gift shop and period rooms, which illuminate life in early 19th-century Baltimore.

A National Historic Landmark built in 1801 by Charles Carroll Jr., Homewood is one of the country’s finest examples of Federal domestic architecture and a historic house museum of Johns Hopkins University. “We’re hoping this event will bring attention to the orchard that once existed on Homewood’s 130-acre farm estate,” said Catherine Rogers Arthur, the museum’s director and curator. “Not just for cooking and feeding livestock, the fruit would have provided plenty of hard cider, the beverage of choice in early America.” The museum currently is raising funds to support the planting of an interpretive heirloom orchard to encourage appreciation of Baltimore’s agricultural heritage.

Admission to the Evening of Traditional Beverages: Fruitful Brews is $35 for members of the Johns Hopkins University Museums and $45 for non-members. Guests must be 21 or over. Due to the popularity of the event and limited space, pre-paid reservations are requested by May 27. Advance tickets are available for purchase by phone at 410-516-5589 or online through Brown Paper Tickets at http://homewood.bpt.me .

Free event parking will be available at the University Baptist Church lot on Greenway, accessible from St. Paul Street at University Parkway. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Gilman Atrium. Complete event details, directions and parking information may be found online at http://museums.jhu.edu/calendar .

Fruitful Brews is made possible through the generosity of C.L. McCoy Framing, Lewis Contractors, McCracken Consulting, SMG Architects, Southway Builders, Union Craft Brewing, The Wine Source, Woodberry Kitchen, WYPR 88.1 FM and Ziger/Snead Architects.

Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Website: www.museums.jhu.edu
Hours: Open by guided tour offered on the hour and half-hour, Tuesday–Friday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday–Sunday: noon–4 p.m. Last tour at 3:30 p.m. Closed Monday, as well as major holidays.
Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors (65+) and AAA members; $5 students (with ID), youth (6–18) and Johns Hopkins alumni and retirees; Free for members, Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students (with valid ID) and children (5 and under).


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