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Hey neighbor! Check out some beer and history at the Lynn Museum

Lynn Museum and Historical Society, Lynn. History of Hops with several breweries. Peter Marsala of the Far From the Tree Craft Cider located in Salem, MA pours a sample of the brew. (Courtesy photo)

LYNN — The annual History and Hops fundraiser has become one of the most anticipated events on many locals’ social calendar. What’s not to love: craft beer, yummy food and entertainment share space with the Lynn Museum’s spectacular exhibits.

The eighth annual History and Hops fun fest will be held Friday night, 7 to 10 p.m., at the museum. It is hosted by Lynn’s own Bent Water Brewing Co., Downtown Lynn Cultural District and Lynn Museum/LynnArts.

“It’s very popular. Advance ticket sales are way up, four times more than we’ve ever sold before the event,” said Drew Russo, executive director of the museum. In the past, some 100 to 150 persons have walked in and bought tickets the night of the party, said Russo.

Eight local breweries will serve their craft beers and ciders this year: Down the Road Beer Co. of Everett, Newburyport Brewing Co., Ipswich Ale Brewery, Notch Brewing and Far From the Tree Cider of Salem, Sam Adams, Narragansett and Bent Water.

Food will be provided by Walloons and Chef Leo’s Kitchen. DJ Seth will dig into his extensive music library to provide entertainment. There will also be games such as cornhole and raffles. Aaron Reames, founder of Bent Water, will give a brief beer-themed history lesson.

“Carolyn Cole, director of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, is our hero,” said Russo. “She is the person responsible for getting so many craft breweries to sign on.

“History and Hops started before I arrived at the museum, and this has always been a great way to open the museum up and show off this wonderful space and exhibits, which this year includes ‘Timeworn: The Art of Architecture in Decline’ by Peter Abate and Gary LaPierre, and ‘The Vision Place of Souls,’ an exhibit of Civil War art by Jeff Fioravanti,” added Russo.

“It’s going to be a special night.”

History and Hops, Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St., Friday, 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $20 members, $25 non-members, available at the door or at lynnmuseum.org.

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