Last Call

The Smithsonian Food History Weekend Last Call

Serving up a flight of beer history in America with a little help from our friends.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 • 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Order a California Common beer in D.C. or a New England IPA in Florida; the hops in either may hail from the Pacific Northwest. In today's America, beer styles, ingredients, and consumers travel coast to coast. In such a connected world, how much does the notion of "region" matter to American beer? As it turns out, it matters quite a lot. Join us for an evening of historical conversation featuring:

  • Shyla Sheppard from Bow and Arrow Brewing Company, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jon Renthrope from Cajun Fire Brewing Company, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Deb Carey from New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, Wisconsin
  • Marika Josephson from Scratch Brewing Company, Ava, Illinois

After the panel, stick around for an interactive reception with tastings and activities to further explore historical tastes, modern craft brews, and more including:

  • Craft beer tastings with:
    • Bow and Arrow Brewing Company, featuring "Dream Mesa" Golden Sour with Navajo Tea and "Denim Tux" Blue Corn Lager
    • Cajun Fire Brewing Company, featuring Big Chief Crème Stout and Honey, brewed with clover honey
    • New Glarus Brewing Company, featuring Spotted Cow and Wisconsin Belgian Red, brewed with Door County cherries
    • Scratch Brewing Company, featuring Blackberry Lavender (sour ale brewed without hops) and Maple 
  • Rarely-seen collection objects out of storage
  • Themed snacks and a hearty plate of appetizers by the museum's chef, Stephen Kerschner
    • Butternut Squash and Black Bean Mole
    • Pizza Crostini
    • Cajun Crab and Crawfish Fritter
    • Mini Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream

Ticket sales close at noon ET on Friday, November 2. Sut some tickets may be available at the door—cash only. Tickets are $40 at the door.



The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all abilities. Request for accessibility services can be made by phone at 202-633-3150 or by email at Two weeks prior notice is preferred.