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The city of Auburn will kick off Women’s History Month with a new festival supporting women in New York’s craft beverage industry on the weekend of March 4-6.

Brave Brews: Celebrating Women in Craft Beverage was inspired by the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day hosted by Prison City Brewing in Auburn and breweries across the country. Prison City co-owner Dawn Schulz, who has hosted Beer Day there for four years to commemorate International Women’s Day, hopes to expand it this year from 20 to 80 attendees. In addition to brewing, the day will include breakfast and lunch, beer and cheese tastings, a mindfulness activity, group photo shoot, and beer bingo with prizes.

Prison City, in partnership with the city’s Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission and the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center, will also expand March 4 Brew Day into a weekend of brewing events. They begin this Friday night with events at more than 20 locations and businesses in Auburn during its First Friday schedule:

• 11am-6pm: Moonflower Macarons will feature a special release, Cocoa Car Bomb macaroons made with the Prison City doorman.

• 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Underground Bottle Shop will feature art by Martin Kepecs and craft beverages showcasing women in the industry.

• 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Auburn Discount Liquor is hosting a free Treleaven wine tasting.

• 4-8 pm: Artistic Impressions at the Willard Memorial Chapel will feature music by Julie Howard and Bob Piorun, as well as guided tours of Clara Wolcott Driscoll and the Willard Sisters. There will also be a Liba Spirits tasting with Devon Trevathan and a peg doll making and making activity.

• 4-5 pm: The Equal Rights Heritage Center will host a meeting with the founder and brewer of Harlem Brewing Co., Celeste Beatty, the first black woman to own an American brewery, as well as Taste NY Market tastings.

• 4 p.m. until closing: Good Shepherds Brewing Co. will open a new exhibition of works by artist Emily Rajca, with a First Firkin Friday beer release and live music by Crossroads at 8 p.m.

• 5-7pm: Thirsty Pug Craft Beer will host Kara Johnston of Chimney Bluffs Hoppery in Wolcott, who will provide information on and serve beers featuring their hops.

• 5:00-8:00 p.m.: The Schweinfurth Art Cetner will host live music and a family craft activity, and present its annual exhibition “The Two Ends of the Rainbow” of works by students and artists. local elders.

• 5:00-8:00 p.m.: The Cayuga Museum of History and Art will open the “Proof Positive” exhibit, an exploration of craft beverage production in Cayuga County, with a tasting featuring Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co., of Weedsport.

• 5-7pm: Café 108 will host “Queens Table” stories, poetry and songs with Helen Baker, Dannielle Hamilton, Melody Johnson, Shawnna Williams and Anaya Arriana, as well as an art exhibit by Natalia Brillati.

• 5-7pm: The Seward House Museum will host a Prison City beer tasting and opening reception for the new exhibition ‘The Vote: Changing Minds, Changing Times’, as well as works by Adina Fluri in the shop at gifts.

• 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Octane Social House will host open mic and karaoke, with artwork by Kaitlynn Grevell, Jennifer West and Denise Moody.

• 5-9 p.m.: Next Chapter Brewpub will offer specials and craft beers with co-owner Michelle DeLap, plus live music from Connie Patti and Jim Van Arsdale from 6-9 p.m.

• 5:00 to 7:00 pm: Rudolph’s Sugar Shack, a mother-daughter owned candy store, will offer free tastings of Wild Nectar mead and chocolate.

• 7:00 pm: Auburn Public Theater will host a screening of the film “Harriet & Matilda: Champions of Change” followed by a conversation hosted by Sheri Dozier Owens, in partnership with 1st Amendment 1st Vote.

• 7-9 pm: Prison City will host award-winning writer Jackie Dodd Mallory, “The Beeroness”, for a beer dinner prepared by Scratch Farmhouse Catering at its North Street brewery.

• 7pm-10pm: Moondog’s Lounge will host live music from Honky Tonk Hindooz with a Young Lion beer tasting, as well as the brewery’s pilsner on tap. (Reservations are encouraged; guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.)

• 9 pm to midnight: Prison City will host a performance by Phish cover band Jellyphish at its State Street brasserie.

• And enjoy takeovers, live music, open houses and other events at participating locations, with a free downtown shuttle available.


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On Saturday, March 5, events showcasing women in the craft beverage industry will continue at historical and cultural sites around the city. There will be a beer and donut brunch and a book signing with Mallory from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., a meeting with beer influencers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Equal Rights Heritage Center, a walk and a beer tasting Craft 1.6 mile Drink Like a Girl from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and specialty tours “Auburn’s Historic Housewives of the 19th Century” at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Seward House Museum.

From 3-9 p.m. that day, Prison City will host a Fire & Ice Festival at its 251 North St. facility. The event will feature thousands of pounds of ice carved into sculptures, sleds, games courtyard and an ice bar near the ice farm in Jordan, as well as fire pits, live music, food trucks, drink tastings from 3-6 p.m., and a final fireworks display.

Tickets for the Fire & Ice Festival are $25 and are available in advance only. Tickets include a commemorative glass and tasting tickets. The event is for ages 21 and up only. Parking at the facility will be limited, but a shuttle will be available from the Prison City Brewery at 28 State St.

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