NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street to Debut “1677 Huguenot Wheat” Beer with The Gilded Otter August 29

NEW PALTZ, NY (August 14, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce the debut of “1677 Huguenot Wheat,” a strong wheat ale inspired by the beers of the early 18th century. Brewed by The Gilded Otter brewmaster Darren Currier, the ale recipe was researched by beer scholar Craig Gravina, co-author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer and one of the founders of the Albany Ale Project. Historic Huguenot Street will host a keg tapping and tasting of the historic ale on the DuBois Fort lawn (81 Huguenot Street) Saturday, August 29, 1 – 3 pm. 

“We’re pleased to introduce 1677 Huguenot Wheat to the public. Darren and Craig are very knowledgeable about Hudson Valley brewing, and we know this historic ale will be both authentic and delicious,” said Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming. “Partnering with a local business makes so much sense for New Paltz, and it reinforces our special, small-town feel.”

Following the tasting, Gravina will speak about the Huguenot Wheat 1677 brew and sign copies of Upper Hudson Valley Beer ($19.99 + tax). The talk is free and open to the public.

Beer bloggers Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod founded the Albany Ale Project in 2010 to research and preserve the history of Albany’s brewing past, a history spanning nearly 400 years. Along with history, Gravina also writes about beer culture and the state of brewing and beer making in the U.S. and around the globe on his popular blog Drink Drank.

Local award-winning brewmaster Darren Currier started his career in 1998 as a home brewer. He attended The Siebel Institute for Brewing Technology in Chicago and has been responsible for the beer-making process at The Gilded Otter for 15 years. 

Tasting tickets are $20. The first 50 guests will receive a free tasting glass. Twisted Jeanne’s of Accord, NY, will be on hand selling home-made pretzel rolls and croissants accompanied by special sauces.

A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century.  It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today. 


Kaitlin Gallucci
Communications & Marketing Manager
(845) 255-1660