The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will highlight the work of local home brewers during 'Bottles & Brews,' an evening of samplings of local craft beers and wine from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9.
There will be a cost for the event. Advance tickets are available for a lower fee than those bought at the door. The home brewers are members of the Billtown Brewers' Guild. In addition, professional brewmaster Bart Rieppel will offer a selection of tastings from his current inventory.
Guests to the event also will sample finger foods, enjoy the background music of Matt Cendoma on keyboard provided by Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, examine the summer exhibit "Time in a Bottle" and tour the museum. Several prizes including two "baskets of cheer" will be raffled off during the evening.
The event is being held as a fundraiser for the Taber Museum and is held in conjunction with a summer exhibit of 19th and early 20th century flasks and bottles. The exhibit features twenty-six stoneware jugs and bottles, all of which contain Prohibition-era whiskey.
The bottles, sealed with paper labels indicating they were produced between 1919 and 1921, were found in a secret room in a West Fourth Street house, which was being remodeled. Electricians, working on the wiring, discovered the room.
Also in the exhibit are a number of Williamsport-area bottles collected by Robert E. Kane Jr. The companies represented include Seigel's Whiskey, Keystone Bottling, Williamsport Liquor Co. ('Vallamont' blend), Standard Bottling, Koch's and Bald Eagle and Flock's Brewing Co.
In addition, a number of mid-19th century flasks and figural bottles will be on display. They were collected by Catherine S. Nutt and are now permanently housed at the Historical Society. On the evening of the tasting, guest curators Bob Kane and Andy Harris will comment on the exhibit. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 23.
Space is limited for the evening of tasting, so advance tickets are strongly suggested. Checks may be mailed to LCHS, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA. 17701.
Free parking is available behind the building and on the street. For more information, call the Taber Museum at 326-3326 or visit the website at www.tabermuseum.org.