Although far too often unheralded, women have been at the forefront of alcohol production throughout history. In celebration of Women’s History Month, join the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, in partnership with Blue Bee Cider and Ardent Craft Ales, to take in an evening at the museum filled with history and historic beverages crafted from recipes in the museum’s collection.
Blue Bee Cider and Ardent Craft Ales will release Jane’s Persimmon, a collaboration made using an 18th-century cookbook kept by Virginians Jane (Randolph) Walke, her mother, Jane (Bolling) Randolph, and others. The original Jane’s Percimon Beer, released by Ardent Craft Ale in 2014, sold out in one evening and received national attention.
Blue Bee Cider will also present their Compleat Cyder, made from a recipe found in the 1742 edition of The Compleat Housewife, published in Virginia, and originally written by Eliza Smith in 1727, and Ardent Craft Ales will have an additional offering for guests.Read more about the beverage offerings.
Throughout the evening, representatives from Blue Bee Cider and Ardent Craft Ales will discuss their creations, and Dr. Sarah Meacham, author of Every Home A Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake, will discuss cider and making alcohol in colonial Virginia.
Each ticket includes three, 6-oz. samples (additional samples available for purchase), snacks, and a commemorative glass to take home at the end of the evening.
Don't miss this chance to sip history; tickets are selling fast! Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. All guests must have a ticket. Event will be held inside the museum. No smoking or outside food or drink.
Related News Coverage: Candice Smith of NBC Channel 12 recently interviewed Blue Bee Cider's Courtney Mailey about the event. Watch the interview and then get your tickets!