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Drinking History: Ginger Beer in the Americas

July 28, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Drinking History: Ginger Beer in the Americas

Presented by Georgia Belk, British West Indies Trading Company

FREE for Museum Members; $5 fee plus $1 Museum Admission for guests.
Free samples of Ginger Beer for guests 21 and up.

From our earliest days, brewing has been a part of the American tradition. One of the first fermented beverages brewed in the Americas was ginger beer, which got its start in the Caribbean in the late 1400s and quickly spread throughout the colonies. The beverage can trace its roots back to Sir Thomas Harriott, a scientist and mathematician who, during the 1585 Roanoke voyage, is the first of the British explorers to record making beer in the New World. Harriott’s descendants settled throughout the Caribbean and over the subsequent centuries became one of the leading families in the salt-production industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands. They reside in the Caribbean to this day. Georgia Belk, a 13th-generation descendant of Thomas Harriott, has been working to keep island traditions alive by bringing traditional fermented ginger beer back into the mainstream. In this enlightening talk, Ms. Belk interweaves colonial history, family lore and the culinary past to create a fascinating portrait of brewing and living in the Caribbean.



July 28, 2018
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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