What’s Brewing? Beer Program At Pottsgrove Manor

Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon

POTTSTOWN PA – Food historian Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon will demonstrate colonial home-brewing using authentic 18th-century beer recipes during a program scheduled today (Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pottsgrove Manor, the former home of Pottstown founder and colonial ironmaster John Potts, at 100 W. King St.

As she presents “…the common Family Way of Brewing,” Dillon will explain that brewing beers of various strengths was often part of a colonial housewife’s responsibilities. Her aim was to produce healthful, palatable drinks to suit the size and needs of her family.

This program is being held in conjunction with Pottsgrove Manor’s current exhibit, “Spirituous Liquors and Healthful Distillations: Alcohol in Colonial America.” Guided tours of the exhibit will be offered on the hour during the event. A $2 per person donation is suggested for the program.

Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of its Parks and Heritage Services Department. Its regular museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

Photo from Pottsgrove Manor

  1. And so that is what is wrong with our society today. A healthful food, formerly a libation enjoyed by men, women and children, has been relegated to being used principally for the purpose of getting inebriated. I lived as a child in Germany. Was given maltz beer (a very mild, dark, sweet beer) from a very early age. Beer was a part of Saturday’s evening meal and occasionally served during the week as well.

    Knowing that the women in the household were responsible for providing beer is an important piece of information. Perhaps we can bring that tradition back.

    Nice article … eh, I think I have a bottle of Sam Adams in the Fridge … Yep … Prost !!!!

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