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Discover the Art of Brewing Ginger Beer

gingerbeer.JPGOn July 21-22, fans of homebrewing will enjoy a weekend learning the art of brewing ginger beer, as practiced in the 1860’s! 

“Visitors will get a taste of the cool and pleasant summer beverage,” said David Warner, site director at Wade House.  “The ginger beer brewing process uses an original Victorian ginger beer recipe which will be available for guests to take home to practice brewing their own batch.”

Ginger beer is 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. In “The American Frugal Housewife,” a popular 19th-century manual for homemakers, author Lydia Maria Child remarked that “Beer is a good family drink.”  Ginger beer is made by 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. 

Date: July 21-22

Time: Saturday: 10AM-4PM; Sunday: 11AM-4PM

Location: Wade House Historic Site (W7965 State Hwy 23 Greenbush, WI)

“Ginger Beer Making” will take place at the Wade House historic site in Greenbush on July 21-22 from 10AM-4PM on Saturday and 11AM-4PM on Sunday. Ginger beer activities are included in the cost of general admission to Wade House.  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 or call (920) 526-3271.

Admission includes the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, a horse-drawn vehicle ride to the historic area, and visits to the stately 27-room stagecoach hotel, Herrling water-powered sawmill, and Dockstader Blacksmith shop. 

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