Thank you for wanting to learn more about my business, The Lost Pint: Pub Crawl through History. Pennsylvania is a noted beer brewing state; the BBC recommends Pennsylvania as the place to start for touring breweries in the North Eastern region of the USA! Read the linked article above; they mention Harrisburg! The Lost Pint is headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Conveniently, we humans benefit from the geology of this area; Pennsylvania water is excellent for brewing. Water has a lot to do with making quality beer. I believe that Pennsylvania’s English and German heritage has contributed to the proliferation of breweries in Pennsylvania. The Harrisburg-Philadelphia corridor manifests a clustering of quality breweries; there are more breweries in the Southeast region than any other part of the state! The Lost Pint is well positioned to exploit this clustering, and you are invited to ride along in The Lost Pint’s "Mobile Classroom." The Lost Pint offers a value added guided touring service. This is not a pick-up/drop-off "tour" service, with uninterested employees regurgitating memorized scripts. The Lost Pint is an educational experience that allows you to get-to-know the area and learn about history, beer, and wine. (whiskey and mead too!) The tour is conducted in a manner reminiscent of the college classroom experience, hence the “Mobile Classroom” nomenclature. The Lost Pint conducts tours designed to encourage inclusive discourse that is engaging and fun. Please read on to find out more about The Lost Pint’s owner, educator, and host extraordinaire: Darrel "Eugene" Showers.
Eugene has an extensive knowledge of beer and brewing; he worked at three different microbreweries, one in Tucson, Arizona and two in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He will be learning English Brewing techniques in the UK at the Brewlab in the spring of 2017. He designed and built his personal 1/2 barrel home brewing system. This system is called "The Minimalist", and is available for purchase. The name is appropriate because the system is a stripped down, bare bones sort of setup that produces excellent results.
Eugene worked with Sam Mckinney, through the Northern York County Historical Society, to build a stone and brick wood fired baking oven. This particular oven was built on the historic Alexander Shaeffer Farm (Shaefferstown, Pennsylvania) and is an example of a typical 18th century German-style "squirrel-tail" oven. The inspiration for the colloquial name is the oven flue design. The flue exits the rear of the oven and lays across the top of the dome; sort of like a squirrel's tail when sitting in the upright position holding a nut.
Eugene spent 3 years teaching Holocaust History, Cultural Anthropology and Middle East History at Central Penn College. It was at this time that he became acquainted with a Holocaust survivor. Hilda had been interned at Auschwitz; she was the only survivor from her family. Hilda agreed to allow Eugene to coordinate a speaking engagement at Central Penn College. This event was covered by 2 local television news stations, several local news papers , and live streamed to the college's YouTube channel.
Eugene participated in the transcription and editing of “The Civil War Memoir of Sgt. Christian Lenker, 19th Ohio Volunteers” and he has written several short stories concerning Polish civilian experiences during the WW2 era. He had the privilege to interview several women that lived in small farming villages in Poland when German troops from the West and Soviet troops from the East annexed their lands. These women participated in the clandestine Partisan movement that contributed to undermining Stalin and Hitler on the Eastern Front.
Eugene earned an MA in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University. This credential adds an appreciable element of insight while touring historical sites. His Master's thesis "Fly, Pigeon, Man; a Diatribe in Exile" documented his year long experience as an expat in Brussels, Belgium, and as a student at the Vrije Universitiet Brussel - Vesalius College. Euegene studied Architecture at Harrisburg Area Community College, and Art in Tucson, Arizona at Pima Community College.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does a tour cost?
A: Tours range from $69 - $99 per person. The Home page contains posters that give a brief description of different predefined tour packages, the duration, and the price. There is always the Carte Blanche option.
Q: What kind of tour should I expect?
A: Good question. This is not a tour with an entertainer on a megaphone. This is a field trip focusing on discussion based education on location. This is much more engaging and interesting than listening to someone recite a script.
Q: How do I schedule a tour?
A: Submit a form request or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange the details of your personal tour.
Q: Where does the tour depart from?
A: My homebase is Harrisburg. However, Pick-up/drop-off will be determined based on each customers needs.
Q: Is the beer included with the tour price?
A: Most breweries offer 1 oz. samples without charge; however, all purchases and potential tasting fees are the responsibility of the guest.
Q: May I drink alcoholic beverages in the van?
A: No. Pennsylvania Open Container Law prohibits the drinking of Alcoholic beverages while in a motor vehicle.
Q: What if I want to buy a growler to take home?
A: Coolers are provided in the van.
Q: What is included with a tour?
A: All patrons receive the following:
1. Bottled water.
2. Educational documents
3. 1 free bottle of beer from The Lost Pint's nanobrewery: Germination Bierwerks.
4. Coupon for $10 off a future tour.
Q: What type of vehicle will I be touring in?
A: 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 12 passenger.