Unfortunately, due to Wednesdayday’s snowstorm, this week’s Zenith City on Tap about Duluth’s 1889 City Hall was cancelled. But there’s still one more chance to catch a free night of live history at Glensheen.
This year’s final Zenith City on Tap—on Wednesday, February 27—is titled Naturally Better: 150 Years of Brewing Beer with Lake Superior Water, 1869–2019: Prussian immigrant Gustav Kiene first brewed his Lake Superior Ale on Minnesota Point in 1869, making 2019 the 150th anniversary of brewing with Lake Superior water. This presentation covers the history of making beer in Duluth and Superior—both the oldest and newest industry in the Twin Ports—from the pioneer days of the 1860s through the 20th century’s four major breweries (Fitger’s, People’s, Northern, Duluth Brewing & Malting) and on to the craft brewers of today, explaining why Lake Superior water is the key ingredient to making naturally better beer.
Zenith City on Tap is a month-long series of local history talks presented by award-winning author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Zenith City Press. Glensheen generously opens its doors every Wednesday evening in February for these free history talks, and this year our friends at the Duluth News Tribune are co-sponsoring the events as well. Doors open at 6:30, and we gather in the estate’s basement recreation room where wine and local craft beer is available. Beginning at 7 p.m., these casual evenings kick off as Dierckins spends about 45 minutes taking the audience back in time, punctuating his stories with historic images of the Zenith City and the people who shaped it, then takes audience questions on the topic.