July 5, 2016

Historic Arkansas Museum Celebrates 75th Year With A Special Beer

Historic Arkansas Museum’s 2nd Friday Art Night features Historic Neighborhood
July 8, 5 – 8 pm

LITTLE ROCK (June 28, 2016) – Historic Arkansas Museum, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will open its historic grounds during 2nd Friday Art Night on July 8 from 5 to 8 pm. There will be live music by The Pickoids and Historic Arkansas Museum’s 75th anniversary beer, developed by Stone’s Throw Brewing, will be released. This special 2nd Friday Art Night will feature the museum’s original historical exhibit, the museum’s grounds—a preserved remnant of Little Rock’s oldest neighborhood, saved from demolition by museum founder Louise Loughborough and opened to the public 75 years ago in July.

Guests are invited to travel back in time during this historic happy hour as they explore historic gardens and encounter costumed interpreters in the Woodruff Print Shop, Brownlee Kitchen and in Little Rock’s oldest surviving structure—the Hinderliter Grog Shop (c. 1827). Visitors can experience living history by meeting Mr. Hinderliter in the Grog Shop, make wax seals in the Print Shop and sample a unique pioneer drink in the Brownlee Kitchen. Guests who visit each site will win a Historic Arkansas Museum car decal and will have a chance to win a special prize.

George Bros. Historic Arkansas Ale – by Stone’s Throw Brewing

Little Rock’s first brewers were German-born Alexander and Henry George who operated a biergarten in the mid-1800s on Rock Street. For the museum’s 75th anniversary, Ian Beard, Theron Cash and Leah Lambert of Stone’s Throw Brewing drew on their own research and that of the museum’s Arkansas-made team to create a tribute beer similar to a 19th century George Bros. brew. The George brothers came from a warm region of Germany which suggests that their beer would have been similar to Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Additional research revealed which brewing ingredients would have been available to the George brothers. With the addition of wild Arkansas yeast harvested by Grant Chandler (Lost Forty Brewing) from plums in Dunbar Community Garden, this 75th anniversary ale is an Arkansas-made ale of historic proportions!

Currently on exhibit:
• Illustrations by Sally Nixon
• Robert Lemming & Louis Watts
• Hugo & Gayne Preller’s House of Light
• A Diamond in the Rough: 75 Years of Historic Arkansas Museum
• We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas (permanent)
• The Knife Gallery (permanent)
• Historic Homes (permanent)

Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; admission to the historic grounds is $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.

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