Local Beer Meets Local History

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to host an evening of Local Beer Meets Local History at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, on Thursday, August 6th at 6:00 pm, featuring Craig Gravina, author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer. Gravina will be joined by Neil Evans, owner of CH Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station, who will discuss the history of the Evans Brewery in Hudson prior to Prohibition. Gravina will discuss other breweries operating in the area during the same time period, as well as the resurgence of brewing in the Hudson Valley.

A tasting flight featuring Evans Ales will be offered along with a pint of your choice for $15, with proceeds to benefit the ongoing preservation efforts of the local history collection at the library.

Craig Gravina is a world-class beer drinker, so infatuated with the sudsy stuff he took to writing a blog about it. He stumbled across the brewing history of his hometown Albany, New York, and the long-lost story of Albany Ale. This discovery resulted in the Albany Ale Project. Along with history he also writes about beer culture, the state of brewing and beer making in the United States and around the globe.
As Gravina discusses in his book, The Upper Hudson Valley has a long and full-bodied brewing tradition. Arriving in the 1600s, the Dutch established the area as a brewing center, a trend that continued well into the eighteenth century. Upper Hudson Valley breweries continued to thrive until Prohibition. Since the 1980s, there has been a renaissance in Upper Hudson Valley craft brewing, including C.H. Evans.
Neil Evans is the owner of the C.H. Evans Brewing Company. Now located in Quackenbush Square in Albany, the Evans Brewery originally operated in Hudson from 1786 until Prohibition brought about its untimely, though temporary, demise. The current iteration of the brewery is located in a historic water-pumping station that had previously delivered water from the river for municipal use. They have produced many award-winning brews.
Now entering its 10th year, The Spotty Dog Books & Ale is an independent bookstore known for its well-curated, eclectic mix of books, art supplies and a bar/café situated in a beautiful old firehouse at 440 Warren Street in Hudson. Eight artisan beers are on tap, including locally crafted Evans’ Ales and Crossroads Ales. For more information on this event, call The Spotty Dog at (518)671-6006 or check the web page at www.thespottydog.com.
The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room is open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment. The Hudson Area Library is located at 400 State St. in Hudson, NY. The mission of the Hudson Area Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens. For more information: hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792.

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