History & Hops featuring Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co. & Author Tom Acitelli
Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Washington, D.C., DC
On October 17, 2013, Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops, and Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co., from Dover, Delaware, come together with the Heurich House to offer a twist on the traditional History and Hops event. Tom Acitelli will be at the Museum to discuss, answer, and talk the night away about his new book, The Audacity of Hops, and guests will have the chance to speak with the brewers of Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co. while tasting their Dominion Oktoberfest, Fordham Rams Head IPA, and Dominion Oak-Aged Millennium 2009.
About The Audacity of Hops from TomAcitelli.com: “Discover the story of how America came to dominate beer stylistically in Tom Acitelli’s The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution. Based on extensive research as well as interviews with the American craft beer movement’s key players going back to the 1960s, this acclaimed book is the most comprehensive chronicle yet of one of the most interesting and lucrative culinary trends in the U.S. since World War II. Acitelli weaves the story of the rise of American craft beer into the tales of trends like Slow Food and the rebirth of America’s urban areas, and paints an unforgettable portrait of plucky entrepreneurial triumph that fans of good food and drink will find refreshing.”
About Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co.: Established as a brewpub in 1989 in Ashburn, Virginia, Dominion Brewing quickly grew to a production brewery and was named one of the Top 50 breweries in the U.S. Seven years later, Fordham Brewing launched a brewhouse in historic Annapolis, Maryland, naming itself after Benjamin Fordham, who was given a charter in 1703 by Queen Anne to establish a brewery in the heart of Annapolis. These 2 award-winning Mid-Atlantic breweries came together and settled into Delaware in 2007. With over 40 years combined brewing experience, they continue to create handcrafted favorites such as Oak Barrel Stout, Double D IPA, Rams Head IPA, and Copperhead Ale.
If that isn’t enough for you, Heurich House staff and volunteers will provide tours of the Brewmaster's Castle with a focus on its owner and the history of the historic Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. It is sure to be a night to remember!
Here’s all the info in a nutshell:
Event time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM
Time with Tom: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Tours and Tastings: 7:10PM – 9:00PM
Books: $15.00 (pre-sale online)
History & Hops is a monthly series at the Heurich House Museum, the former Dupont Circle home of D.C.'s most successful brewer Christian Heurich. Every third Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30pm, the museum partners with a local craft brewery for house tours and beer tastings.
When & Where
Heurich House Museum
At the turn of the 20th century, Dupont Circle and its grand avenues became a "place of wealth and fashion" -- the center for great mansions and castles. Only a few of those homes have survived until today, and none are as intact as the Heurich House Museum.
Containing most of its original furnishings and decorations, the Heurich House's rooms are snapshots of the late-Victorian era. They reflect the life of Christian Heurich, a self-made businessman who came to America with $200. As the owner of the Christian Heurich Brewing Company, he became the District's second largest landowner and largest non-governmental employer. As the active manager of the company at his death in 1945 at the age of 102, he was also the world's oldest brewer.
The house is a technological marvel, incorporating the most modern inventions of its day. Features include full indoor plumbing, circulating hot water heat, central vacuum system, venting skylight, elevator shaft, pneumatic and electric communication systems, and combination gas and electric lighting fixtures. To ensure the home's safety, it was built out of reinforced steel and concrete and is completely fireproof. None of its 15 fireplaces has ever been used.
The interior of the house is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and design. The 31-rooms are replete with hand-carved wood, fireplaces with individually carved mantles and cast bronze fire backs, hand-painted ceiling canvases, luxurious furnishings, and original turn-of-the-century Heurich family collections.
We welcome you to visit the Heurich House Museum - take a tour, visit the unique backyard garden that is open the public on weekdays, or plan a special event or meeting with us.