Legacy of African American Brewers and Distillers
Did you know Virginia was home to the first Mint Julep? Join Debra Freeman, host and creator of Setting the Table podcast, as she gives you the exclusive scoop on the highlights of her research for her upcoming book, which explores the impact of African American brewers and distillers in Virginia and the United States. Sip a Mint Julep and enjoy some nibbles during the talk.
Since America’s inception, African-Americans have been vital to every cornerstone of this country’s culinary history, from barbecue and fried chicken to creating Southern food as a culinary genre, and just about everything in between – including alcoholic beverages.
Lost Spirits will delve into the impact that African-Americans in distilling and brewing have made in Virginia and in the United States, including the stories of enslaved women brewers and enslaved men who distilled for their owners without recognition, Black women moonshiners across the country during Prohibition, the incredibly creative mixologists of the 1800s who created drinks we still partake of today, and will also spotlight current day mixologists, brewers, and distillers that are changing the face of spirits today. Registration includes a Hailstorm Julep cocktail and light nibbles.
Class includes Garden Admission during our extended hours. Enjoy time in the Garden before or after class.
All programs are subject to change.