A new era of alcoholic beverage production is dawning in the Adirondacks. You can drink locally-brewed beer from any one of several micro-breweries, or imbibe vodka distilled from potatoes grown in Gabriels and filtered through the high-quality quartz crystals known as Herkimer diamonds. “Drinking local” has a long tradition within the Blue Line. Today, let’s consider the honorable history of Adirondack beer.
Almanack Contributor Hallie Bond
Hallie E. Bond was at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake from 1983 until 2012, first as Education Director and then as Curator. She is the author of numerous historical articles for both scholarly and popular journals on topics ranging from historic watercraft, the history of dogs in the Adirondacks, and material culture, to quilts.
She has also contributed to several books. She was project manager and author of the main essay in A Paradise for Boys and Girls: Children’s Camps in the Adirondacks (2005) and the author of Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks (1995) which grew out of the permanent exhibit of the same name.
Hallie has an M.A. at the University of York (U.K.) in Medieval Studies as a Rotary Foundation Fellow and an M.A. in American History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware as a Hagley Fellow.
Hallie Bond lives in Long Lake with her husband, author Mason Smith.