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Brewing and Distilling Day

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June 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Discover the colonial history of making beer, cider, and spirits of the 18th century at Pottsgrove Manor’s Brewing and Distilling Day.

Refresh your knowledge of history with historic beverages at Pottsgrove Manor! Living Historians will demonstrate and discuss the techniques needed to produce these daily beverages of 18th-century life. Home brewed beer and ciders, along with distilled alcohols, were a staple of colonial kitchens. Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D., will explain how distilled spirits were used not only for drinks but as medicine and cleaning supplies. Pop in on brewer, Michael Carver, as he prepares 18th-century style beer in the reproduction kitchen. Discover the refreshing and well researched 18th-century ciders from Damian Siekonic of Blackledge Winery. Find out about making historic alcohol from demonstrations and presentations on spirits at 11:30 a.m., beer at 12:30 p.m., and cider at 1:30 p.m. Those over 21 years old can also try samples from Blackledge Winery’s line of historic ciders and meads, and distilled spirits from Clarissa Dillon. Historic games complete the day and tours of the 1752 manor home of the Potts family will also be available. 

The Museum Shop will be open to purchase books, pint glasses, period reproduction items, and much more. This event is rain or shine and welcomes all ages. IDs will be checked at the door for those interested in sampling spirits.


June 22, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Age Info:
All ages
Price Info:
Suggested donation: $2 per person
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Pottsgrove Manor
100 West King St
Pottstown, PA 19464 United States
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