Past Programs
Kelso Beer Co.
Kelly Taylor, Brewmaster at Kelso Beer Co.
Sat, June 2nd, 2012 | 3:00 pm
(Members $20)

Event details

To celebrate our exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York's History, the New-York Historical Society is hosting a series of Saturday beer tastings by local breweries in the exhibition's Beer Hall, run by Starr Restaurants Catering Group. The program will run from May 26 through August 25; half-hour tastings will start at 2pm and 4pm. Not only will visitors get to taste some of these local creations, but there will be hops, whole leaf flowers and other beer ingredients for people to touch, smell and experience.

Beer at the Tasting:

The tasting will feature Saison, a Belgian style ale, with notes of citrus, strawberry, hay and a hint of clove; Recessionator, a big bold doppleback plenty of malt with a warming rum, toffee and roasted nut nose with a very light finish; India Pale Ale, a punchy, bright and unique beer, made with a fresh Nelson Sauvin, hops from New Zealand; and Pilsner, a classic European pils, with a floral nose, slightly sweet with a dry finish.


Beer Tasting & Admission combined ticket: $35 (members $20). You must be 21 or older to enjoy our tasting program.

Six Pack Special Discount (purchase by telephone or in person only): purchase tickets to six separate tastings for only $150 (members $100). To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s new in-house call center at (212) 485-9268.

Brewery History

Kelso Beer Co. was founded by Kelly Taylor, also a brewmaster at Heartland Brewery, and wife, Sonya Giacobbe, in 2006 to create fresh, flavorful, low-alcohol session beer. Since the first batch of Nut Brown Lager hit NYC bar taps in 2006, Kelso has become a favorite. Kelso’s easy-drinking liquid lineup includes the crisp, floral Pilsner; roasty Nut Brown Lager; and the light, citrus-accented Saison, a Belgian farmhouse ale. None of these beers tips the scales at more than 6 percent ABV. In recent years, the brewery also has become adept at exploring brewing’s flavorful frontiers, including its Carroll Garden Wit, a crisp refresher spiced with dried orange peel, chamomile and coriander; and the limited-release Flemish Red, a Belgian-style beer, which is aged in oak barrels for upward of two years, resulting in a tart and fruity tongue-tingler. Inspired by ingredients, Taylor has experimented with hyperlocal beer and has collaborated with Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dan Barber’s celebrated farm-to-table restaurant in the lower Hudson Valley, to create original beers made with the Stone Barns harvest.


Robert H. Smith Gallery South at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Purchasing Tickets By Phone/In Person

To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s new in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

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