History of Hip Tackles Booze, Bootlegging and Beer in 2014

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Release dated: 
December 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: History of Hip
Date: Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 4
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Place: The Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W
Cost: $10/$8 MNHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3015
Website: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/hip

History of Hip Tackles Booze, Bootlegging and Beer in 2014

History of Hip returns in January to tackle the topics of booze, bootlegging and beer, in connection with the History Center exhibit American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

This series explores the mysterious factors that confer hipness on an artist or a fad, and traces the origins of creative genres that still register with artists, audiences, and tastemakers today.

All programs are held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 or $8 for MNHS members. The popular programs regularly sell out so reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve a spot, call 651-259-3015 or register online. You must be at least 21 years old to attend.

The History of Hip programs are held in the lounge at the Turf Club, which is only accessible by stairs. Please call 651-259-3015 to make alternate accommodations.

Download podcasts of previous programs.

  • History of Hip: Booze
    Date: Jan. 7, 2014
    Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.

    moonshinersIt’s impossible to ignore the resurgence of cocktail culture and artisan spirits in bars and liquor stores today. Panther Distillery in Osakis MN is currently the only licensed distillery in Minnesota, but many more are on the way: 11Wells, opening soon in the old Hamm’s Brewery site, will be St. Paul’s first distillery, with plans to recreate the once-famous Minnesota 13 Moonshine Whiskey. Said to have tasted much like "Canadian Club" whiskey, Minnesota 13 was popular in the U.S. during Prohibition, so much so that Holdingford, in Stearns County, was considered the unofficial moonshine capital of Minnesota.

    Learn more about Minnesota’s illicit past with guests from Stearns County Historical Society, and taste and discuss new spirits with Adrian Panther of Panther Distillery. Lee Egbert of 11Wells and Dashfire Bitters will discuss craft cocktails and mix up some new versions of old classics using his artisan bitters.

  • History of Hip: DUIs, Bootlegging and Murder in Midway
    Date: Feb. 4, 2014
    Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.

    Snelling University 1932
    Midway’s strategic location, industries and community have always contributed to its distinctive character and make it a great neighborhood from which to explore the lofty ambitions and deep flaws of America’s "Noble Experiment," Prohibition. The neighborhood was annexed by the City of Saint Paul as a dry community, but from the outset its residents and businesses struggled with illicit activity, bootlegging and even murder: a gangland hit at the corner of Snelling and University in 1932.

    Historian and author Brian McMahon shares his own research about auspicious moments in this neighborhood’s unique history during Prohibition and today. Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo of Bang Brewing discuss their fledgling Midway brewery, share samples and thoughts on commerce and drinking in the neighborhood.

  • Beer at Shieks 1933History of Hip: Beer
    Date: March 4, 2014
    Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.

    From old German brewery families like Yoerg, Schmidt and Schell’s to some of today’s new microbreweries, brewing in Minnesota has always been a family affair. For this program, we’ll fill our Steins, sip some suds, and discuss the stories and lore that shape family brews with historian Doug Hoverson. Samples from some of Minnesota's favorite family breweries will be available.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

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