Wade House brewing up ginger beer this weekend

Costumed interpreters will brew ginger beer in the Wade House summer kitchen Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A soft drink that originated in Yorkshire, England, in the mid-18th century and was introduced in the United States in the mid-19th century, ginger beer reached a peak of popularity in the early 20th century.

In “The American Frugal Housewife,” a popular 19thcentury manual for homemakers, author Lydia Maria Child remarked that, “beer is a good family drink.”

Saturday and Sunday visitors to the Wade House will get to taste ginger beer and decide if they agree with Ms. Child’s description of this cool and pleasant summer beverage from long ago.

Guests will also get to observe the brewing process as staff use an original Victorian ginger beer recipe, mixing ginger, cream of tartar, sugar, boiling water, lemon juice and yeast. Once all the ingredients are combined, the mixture will ferment over a few days, turning it into ginger beer, an excellent beverage with a fine flavor to savor on a hot summer day. Copies of the period recipe will be available for guests who may like to try to make ginger beer at home.

“Ginger Beer Making” will take place at the Wade House historic site in Greenbush. Visitors will begin the special experience at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, W7965 State 23. Admission is: adults - $12; children (5-17) $6; students and senior citizens (65 and over) $10; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $33. For more information about the event, please visit wadehouse.org or call (920) 526-3271.

Admission includes a tour of the new Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, a horse-drawn vehicle ride to the historic area, a guided tour of the stately, 27- room stagecoach hotel, a trip to the Herrling Sawmill to see and feel the rumble of an up-anddown, water-powered saw, and a journey to the blacksmith’s shop.

Wade House is one of 12 Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites and museums. For more information, please call 920-526-3271 or visit wadehouse.org.


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