The Erie Canal Foodways Project showcases the diverse ways in which the Erie Canal radically impacted how people in New York State and beyond interacted with themost basic building blocks of human life, food and drink. A portion of the proceeds from this beer will be donated to the Erie Canal Museum.
“Good Ol’ Pale Ale” was released on Wednesday, April 21st. $1 from each draft sold, and $1 from every 4-pack sold will be donated to the Erie Canal Museum. The beer is available on draft and to go at Talking Cursive, and is also available at select craft beer locations including Freight Yard Brewing in Clay and Branching Out Bottle Shop in Camillus
A fundraiser will be held at Talking Cursive Brewing Company on Thursday, May 6th from 4 to 9 pm. An additional $1 from every draft beer and every 4-pack sold during the event will be donated to the Erie Canal Museum.
Talking Cursive Brewing Company stands on the site of the famous Greenways Brewery which historically stood in the same location along the Erie Canal, now Erie Blvd. Greenways Brewery took up the entire block from the mid 1800’s through its destruction by fire in 1913.
“Good Ol’ Pale Ale” would have been considered an “American IPA” at that time, though would now be re-classified as a classic “English IPA.” Grain would have been delivered by boat along the Erie Canal and dropped off to the malthouse, while finished beer would be transported away by boat as well. The original wall to the canal now serves as the basement wall of the building.
The art for the label was created by local artist Randy Hadzor, who created a hybrid of current and historical views along the Erie Canal / Erie Boulevard, including the bridge that used to cross the Erie Canal at Clinton Square, along with Talking Cursive Brewing in their current location.
This collaboration is part of the Erie Canal Museum’s larger Erie Eats Foodways Project, a yearlong look at all the ways the Erie Canal influenced the history of food in Central New York and around the country. The project also includes a major exhibit scheduled to open at the Museum on May 15th and many virtual and in-person programs throughout the year.
The Erie Canal Museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the 1850 National Register Weighlock Building, the last remaining structure of its kind. The Erie Canal Museum is partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The Erie Eats project will showcase the diverse ways in which the Erie Canal radically impacted how people in New York State and beyond interacted with the most basic building blocks of human life, food and drink. Through a major exhibition, public programs, historic preservation, and innovative community partnerships, the Erie Canal Museum will highlight the many ways in which the histories of the Erie Canal and foodways have intersected over the last two centuries and will continue to interact in the future.
Talking Cursive Brewing Company is a woman-owned & veteran-owned brewery which opened in Downtown Syracuse in 2019 with a commitment to serving a wide variety of thoughtful, well-crafted beers and quality food in a unique Tasting Room experience with well trained staff and a dedication to finding ways to help improve and assist our Community.
Photo of J & G Greenway & Company brewery on West Water Street, Syracuse courtesy Onondaga Historical Association.