New-York Historical Society Planning Summer Beer Exhibit With a Beer Hall From Stephen Starr

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In an effort to lubricate its patrons as well as educate them, the New-York Historical Society will put on a summer exhibit that sets out to "survey the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in the city over the past three hundred and fifty years." So, that sounds like it could be interesting. Also in the cards: the Historical Society will reward visitors to the exhibit with a beer hall that will feature craft beers from New York.

The concession will be run by the Starr Restaurant Organization, operators of the Society's 74-seat Caffè Storico. (You'll recall Stephen Starr plans to open a slew of new projects in NYC by the end of 2012, including something in the old Paris Commune space.) Think of this particular project — which will run from May 25 to September 2 — as a sudsy summer bonus.

We'll pass along more details, including whether or not Caffè Storico's Jim Burke will create period-appropriate small bites for the beer hall, as we get them. For now, however, it's just nice to know that our plans for summertime day drinking will also be a means of celebrating New York's brewing heritage.

Beer Here: Brewing New York's History [New-York Historical Society]
Related: Stephen Starr to Open Restaurant in Paris Commune Space