october, 2018

31oct6:00 pm9:00 pmBrews & Broomsticks: A Halloween Beer Dinner with Buttonwoods!

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Looking for a unique and delicious way to enjoy Halloween this year, along with a twist on your traditional beer dinner? Join us for Brews & Broomsticks: A Halloween Beer Dinner with Buttonwoods!

In today’s world of male-dominated brewing, it may come as a shock to learn that traditionally, brewers were women. In fact, it was women’s role in brewing history that has shaped many of the tropes around the modern concept of the ‘witch.’ In honor of Halloween, Gracie’s and Buttonwoods will raise a glass (or several!) to the rich history behind women, witches and beer.

Brewing belonged to women from the medieval to early modern periods for a variety of reasons. Given the gendered division of labor for most of history, it makes sense: women were responsible for household chores and beer was another staple of the cellar. Women who brewed and sold their ales did so by traditional means: with a large cauldron of boiling wort outside their home, a broomstick over the door to mark themselves open for business, cats to chase away mice that would otherwise eat their grain, and tall pointed hats to distinguish themselves at the marketplace. Over time, these symbols of the medieval ‘brewster witch’ transformed into what is today our modern witch costume.

Your own costumes are encouraged for this four-course journey through seasonally-sourced and local cuisine, artfully paired with a selection of fresh brews straight from Buttonwoods Brewery’s tanks. Morgan of Buttonwoods is currently working on some special (as of now unannounced) seasonal beers that will be featured at the dinner, including one created specifically for our event!

With each all-inclusive $80.00 ticket comes a standing reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres, plus 5 pours from the Buttonwoods barrels, each individually paired to complement the distinct elements of each course. Stay tuned for the full menu as details become available!


(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



194 Washington Street Providence RI, 02903