We’ve mentioned that shipping out of market beer has been on the uptick since the start of the pandemic, and for the second time, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is getting in on the action. They’re partnering with New York’s Half Time Beverage on a beer box that can be shipped to DC and Virginia (fear not, Maryland residents, you can have yours delivered to the Museum’s Ripley Center and pick it up there). Included are Bow & Arrow (NM), Eagle Rock (CA), Island To Island (NY), Lady Justice (CO), Other Desi (CT), and Spaceway (NC), none of which are available in the DMV. Why these breweries? Well, they’re all owned by women of color, whose stories are underrepresented in the brewing community. You’ve got until October 10th to order the beer. Also, some of those bottles are large format, so bring a friend.
Now for the culture part. This box of beer is made available in conjunction with a panel hosted by Theresa McCulla, Curator of Brewing History, at the museum. A Zoom component will be held on Friday, October 22nd at 7pm, and tickets to that are $15. You’ll hear from McCulla as well as women in the brewing industry, including Austin, Texas’ Ruvani de Silva, a writer and founder of the South Asian Beer Club, and Briana Brake, brewmaster and owner of Spaceway Brewing Co. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Order the beer box and host a viewing party, why don’t you?
Sounds like a good time to us, and we hope you agree. More information and tickets at the Smithsonian site.