Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Highland Spring brewery RoxburyOctober 2, 2013 7PM 
The Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain
A slide talk by Michael Reiskind, with brief comments by Filipe E. Oliveira, Percival Beer
Urbano Project, 29 Germania Street (Brewery Complex)

In 1900, Boston had the most breweries per person of any city in the country - and the overwhelming majority of them were in the Stony Brook area of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. During the heyday of Boston breweries, this area was the center of the industry with at least 24 breweries along the banks of the Stony Brook. Learn about the history of brewing in Boston and the people who established the breweries in our city. 

Michael Reiskind,
vice-president and historian of the JP Historical Society, 

has been researching Boston's historic breweries for twenty years.  He has presented extensively on Boston breweries and has offered sold out trolley tours of the breweries along the Stony Brook. His engaging style and depth of knowledge will both inform and delight.

Filipe E. Oliveira, Founder/President of Percival Beer Company will talk briefly about his new craft beer company, Percival Beer named after the street he grew-up on in Dorchester. Percival Beer Company sells Dot Ale 1630 and Kompadre Lager and is planning on releasing a Roxbury brand, Puddingstone Stout, next year.

Box suppers will be available to order on line from Haley House Bakery Café:

October 23, 2013
Roxbury Russet appleThe Roxbury Russet: America's oldest apple and the history of the orchards of Massachusetts

5-6PM  Cider tasting, apple identification and tree viewing
Roxbury Heritage State Park 
183 Roxbury Street Roxbury

Do you have an apple tree in your backyard or on your street? Bring an apple from the tree and John will identify it.

6:30PM The Roxbury Russet
Presentation by John Bunker, Apple Historian

First Church in Roxbury
10 Putnam St. Roxbury

Join agricultural historian, orchardist and fruit explorer John Bunker to learn more about the Roxbury Russet and the history, uses, varieties and culture of apples of America.  John will recount "Sherlock Holmes-like" stories of tracking down forgotten rare varieties. He will talk about why these old apples might be especially important today. He will explain grafting and pruning and will answer your questions about how to plant and care for your own trees.

For generations, beginning with the first European settlers, nearly everyone in New England lived on small diversified farms. Every one of those farms had an orchard.  These were rarely commercial enterprises but rather they were small homestead orchards, featuring locally adapted varieties, selected to meet the needs of the family.   It was a time when "local food" was hardly a fad.  It was the way all people ate.  From Maine to Massachusetts to Georgia and west to the Mississippi River, millions of farms and tens of millions of apple trees dotted the landscape.  Over 15,000 new American varieties were named before 1900, the first of which was the Roxbury Russet. 

Roxbury Russet cider from West County Cider will be available at Roxbury Heritage State Park. John Bunker will also be on hand to share information about the trees in Roxbury Heritage State Park and to identify apples. 

Box suppers will be available to order on line from Haley House Bakery Café:

Co sponsors:
Roxbury Historical Society, Haley House Bakery Cafe, Shirley Eustis House, and Discover Roxbury.

Funding support from Shawmut Design and Construction.