Gambrinus Brew Fest at OHA Museum

Last Friday evening (Friday the 13th) Dad and I ended up at the Gambrinus Brew Fest held at the OHA Museum. I was invited and allowed to bring a guest as a result of the volunteer work I’ve been doing at OHA since February. As we were walking down Montgomery St. towards the museum in Syracuse, the first thing we encountered in front of the museum was this beautiful 1925 Franklin Auto:


The Franklin Automobile was manufactured in Syracuse.


The owner was more than happy to answer all of our questions. Here’s a front view of the auto:

This Franklin Auto has a wood frame and aluminum body. I didn’t realize wood and aluminum would hold up so well.

When we went inside, we heard the music of the Soda Ash Dixieland Jazz Band.  These guys were excellent!

They had a Police Constable on site who was there to have fun with people – and he sure did with me! We’ve attended other events together which is why I’m sure he felt free to kid around.


There were over 70 silent auction items to bid on – some amazing stuff!

And then there was so much good food and beer it was phenomenal! Now I don’t drink beer, but if I did I would support the local breweries like what were at the fest instead of the big corporations.

And last, but not least, here’s Gambrinus:


In case you wondering what the heck Gambrinus is, this was written in the back of the silent auction brochure: “He is the unofficial patron saint of beer brewing. Many view Gambrinus as a mythical Flemish king, and it is possible that he is only a myth, however several theories abound as to the real identity of Gambrinus. Some attribute the invention of beer to Jan Primus, a Duke of Brabant and believe he was the original Gambrinus.

Gambrinus is often depicted as a knight or king of the middle ages. The statue of Gambrinus located on the second floor of the museum comes from the Haberle Brewing Company in Syracuse. The 12-foot, 1500-pound statue was restored by OHA in 1999 through a generous gift from a descendant of the Haberle family. The Haberles operated the Haberle Brewing Company in Syracuse from the late 19th century to 1962.”

Here’s a list of the restaurants and breweries represented at the fest:
Brick Alley Grille House
Carnegie Catering Company
Clarke’s Ale House
Cooperstown Brewing Co.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Kitty Hoynes
Landmark Brewing Co.
Liehs & Steigerwald
Middle Ages Brewing Co.
Nick’s Tomato Pie
P.J. Dorsey’s
Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
Syracuse Suds Factory
The Matt Brewing Co.
The Mission Restaurant
T.J. Sheehan Distributing Inc.
Weber’s Restaurant & Catering

If you’re ever passing through Syracuse, please be sure to stop in any of these excellent places!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LauraO
    Oct 20, 2006 @ 11:04:53

    Loved the tour and the photos. Looks like a fun time. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Pam
    Oct 20, 2006 @ 11:22:29

    Thank you LauraO, I’m glad you liked the tour! It was a great time! I recommend it to anyone.


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