Albany Institute of History & Art

  On Saturday, April 16 from 4PM-7PM, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host the fifth annual Hudson Valley Hops. Guests can sample the finest local craft beers, talk with brewery experts, enjoy tasty food, and take home a commemorative glass. There will also be a special exhibition with artifacts from the Albany Institute’s collection that tell the history of brewing in Albany and the Capital Region. Historic photographs, advertisements, and packaging from local brewers will be on view for this event.

This year’s Hudson Valley Hops will feature the return of one of the region’s original microbrewery beers first produced in 1981, and one that is widely credited to have led off the phenomenal craft-brewing industry on America’s East Coast: that’s the Wm. S. Newman Brewing Company’s British-style Newman’s Pale Ale.

A 35th Anniversary batch of Newman’s PA will be brewed exclusively for this event in a onetime collaboration with the Davidson Brothers Brewpub in Glens Falls.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region has appointed Elizabeth Reiss as its new CEO. Elizabeth has an extensive career in the arts, focusing on museum education, teaching classes and camps, and developing curricula for museums and schools. She also brings administrative and development experience from her most recent role at the Albany Institute of History & Art.  In an interview with WAMC's Ray Graf, Reiss began by talking about how the skills she used in her job at the Albany Institute transfers to her new job.

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Albany Institute of History & Art

The city of Albany is steeped in history, including the history of one of the nation’s most beloved beverages, beer.

This afternoon the Albany Institute of History & Art will host its second annual Hudson Valley Hops event, a celebration of the history of brewing in Albany and today’s craft beer industry in and around the Hudson Valley.