The 2006 Gambrinus Brew Fest
The event theme of “The Prohibition Era/The Roaring1920s” came alive when OHA hosted its 11th Annual Gambrinus Brew Fest Fundraiser in the middle of October, 2006.
This event offered a great lineup of 10 Beer Sponsors who provided a wide variety of beers and ales for tasting as well as delicious foods from12 Food Sponsors that included some of our area’s most popular restaurants. For the first time our Brew Fest featured red and white wines for sampling. Music from this raucous, compelling era of our country’s past was provided by the Soda Ash Six Dixieland Jazz Band. Guests also caught a glimpse of a street-driveable 1920s Franklin Car (in addition to the Franklin on display) and talked with a police constable on patrol. Our 2006 Brew Fest also featured an expanded list of rare and unique collectibles and memorabilia items as well as various products, services and gift certificates from local merchants. The event took place at the OHA Museum and was the first major fundraiser held at OHA’s headquarters since last fall’s Water Disaster.
OHA thanks all of its 2006 Beer and Food Sponsors and our Brew Fest Underwriting Sponsors: Dry Tech Water Mold Remediation; The Fagliarone Group CPAs; Anaren; Testone, Marshall Discenza CPAs; and Colonial Laundromat.
The 2005 Gambrinus Brew Fest
One of Syracuse ’s first brew fest fundraisers--the only Brew Fest that celebrates our city’s golden era of local beer brewing, circa 1870 to 1920--marked its 12th Anniversary in October last year (2005). The event was held at the OHA Museum, 321 Montgomery St., in Syracuse’s Columbus Circle-Montgomery St. Historic District. Guests sampled beers and ales brewed around the world from 11 Beer Sponsors as well as enjoyed popular foods from eight restaurants who were this year’s Brew Fest Food Sponsors. About 100 items were up for bid in the Gambrinus Silent Auction. Items included gift certificates at local restaurants and shops; arts and crafts; golf outings; historic reprints of Syracuse and Onondaga County from the OHA archives; Canadian getaways, (including Toronto); and tickets to both the 2006 Empire Brew Fest which was held here in Syracuse and the Great International Brew Fest held in Providence, Rhode Island in November.
Brew Fest Sponsors whose products were served at Gambrinus were Clark’s Ale House; Cooperstown Brewing Company; Ithaca Beer Co.; Landmark Brewing Company; Middle Ages Brewing Company; Onondaga Beverage Corp.; Premier Beverage/The Party Source; The Gambrinus Company; The Matt Brewing Company; T.J. Sheehan Distributing; and Syracuse Suds Factory. Food Sponsors serving food are Ambrosia; Brick Alley Grille House; Dinosaur Bar-B-Q; Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant; Nick’s Tomato Pie; Syracuse Suds Factory; The Mission Restaurant; and Weber’s Restaurant & Catering.
Event Underwriting Sponsors were The Fagliarone Group CPAs; Anaren Microwave, Inc.; Testone, Marshall & Discenza LLP; Kitty Hoynes; Papa’s Sports; Tower Square Securities, Inc.; Omega, Inc.; and Viking Mechanical Systems. Oldies 92.1FM-WSEN and WFBL TalkRadio 1390AM; the Syracuse New Times and WTVH-TV-5 are this year’s event Media Sponsors.
Tickets were $35 per-person for advanced sales tickets. The day of the event, tickets were $40 per-person. Tickets were purchased by visiting the OHA Museum during museum hours, or, by calling OHA at 315-428-1864. Tickets were also available at Clark’s Ale House, Galeville Grocery (Liverpool), Kitty Hoynes, and Middle Ages Brewing Co. All proceeds from the event helped to fund OHA’s Museum and Research Center operations and its in-school, local history education program. Last year’s 2004 Brew Fest generated about $14,300 in net profit and attracted about 180 paid guests.
During the event guests browsed the permanent and rotating exhibits on two floors of the OHA Museum. These exhibits tell the stories of Syracuse China, The Franklin Automobile, Syracuse’s Greatest Sports Legends; The History of Hotels In Downtown Syracuse; the Marsellus Casket Company.; and Freedom Bound, the interactive exhibit that depicts Syracuse’s role in the Underground Railroad during the period of slavery and abolitionism. Guests also viewed mementos and photographs of Syracuse’s ties to the Civil War and the Railroad era, as well as the document known as the 1775 Papers. This document has been described as “the political event which marked the advent of the Revolution in New York State.”
Guests also met and greeted Gambrinus himself as well as enjoyed the 12-foot, 1500-pound statue of the event’s namesake that was restored by OHA in 1999 through a generous gift from a descendant of the Haberle family. The Haberles operated the Haberle Brewing Company in Syracuse from the late 19th century to 1962.
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