Guests can enjoy history, brews at History on Tap


History on Tap offers guests a little bit of  a history lesson along with a little bit of beer. The seventh annual event was created to offer a fun evening event catered for adults at Conner Prairie. Twenty-nine breweries will be present June 1 to offer tastings of their brews.

Susan Leo and Diana Syrcle attend a past History on Tap event. (File photo by Amy Pauszek)

“The Horizon Council, our young professionals group, began brainstorming some different ways to accomplish two of their primary goals for the organization – increase our young adult and adult audience and to fundraise,” said Andrew Collins, manager of research and strategic analytics. “The net revenue from this event goes back to Conner Prairie to support our other events, mission and initiatives.”

Guests can sample two different historic beers brewed on-site, watch craft brewing demonstrations and meet with brewer.

“You get to taste what beer would have tasted like prior to refrigeration and carbonation, which is always a little bit shocking to most people,” Collins said.

Four ticket categories are available. The VIP experience offers early admission and a special buffet inside Conner Prairie’s Overlook Room. The Premium experience offers early admission and an opportunity to meet with brewers. General admission and designated driver tickets also are available. Food will be available for purchase and a food voucher is offered with each ticket category.

“The VIP experience includes food from an upscale local restaurant. There is also live music, air conditioning and four VIP brewers who are pouring exclusive beers for the VIP area,” Collins said. “On the grounds for premium or general admission you’ll have the opportunity to taste 30 different beers, and then we integrate that with our historic programming. You can not only sample beers in a beautiful setting but you can also interact with our Conner Prairie interpreters.”

Pricing begins at $40 for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit

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