Monday, May 3, 2010
The 1803 Walter Grieve's Brewery
Starting this year, the Genesee Country Village & Museum will be the only Living History Museum in the country with a real working brewery. To create this special brew, we are using the same brewing practices as did the early brewers in western and central New York State.
The 1803 Walter Grieve's Brewery sports copper kettles and leather hoses, just as breweries in the 19th century did. Liquid is heated with a wood fire and all of the equipment was hand-made, right down to the hand-forged copper top to the brew tank and hand-augured wooden pipes. Brewing will take place two days during the week as well as on the weekends.
We recently sponsored a contest to name the beer. The winner, 1803 Fat Ox Ale, will be a cloudy brown ale done in the style that would have been popular during the 19th cecentury in the Genesee region.
We partnered with Custom BrewCrafters of Honeoye Falls to perfect the process that will be used in the village. They have also crafted a version of 1803 Fat Ox Ale that will be available on tap in the village as well as in glass or specialty stoneware growlers made by our village artisans.
The waste products from the brewing process will be utilized in the village as compost or animal feed.
All of our hops were generously donated by North American Breweries, the parent company of Genesee Beer, the family business that our founder, John L. Wehle, originally headed.
Check back for more posts about the history of beer in the Genesee region!
Funding for this project was provided, in part, by funding from the Davenport-Hatch foundation.