New Beer Named for Local Man Will Be Unveiled at HOPStoberfest

A never before tasted beer will be a centerpiece attraction  for Port Huron Museum’s annual HOPStoberfest beer tasting. Working with Black and Blue  Brewery of Port Huron, guests will be able to sample an all new porter named for a local  historical figure: Omar D. Conger. Omar D. Conger, The Man, The Ship, The Beer is a porter,  and will commemorate both the 19th century US Senator who hailed from Port Huron, as well  as the ship that was named in his honor that exploded in downtown Port Huron in 1922 

“We’re very excited to highlight some stories that many in the area may be unfamiliar with.  Most people have heard the name Omar D. Conger before, we even have two streets in town with the names Omar and Conger,” said Community Engagement manager and Historian  Andrew Kercher. He continued, “Less people are familiar with his time as US Senator and his  involvement in the founding of the American Red Cross in 1881. There was also a ferry named  in his honor that carried tens of thousands of passengers between Port Huron and Sarnia for  many years. It’s only fitting that on the 100th year since the explosion of the ship, we introduce  a beer with the same name to keep these stories alive. What could be a better combination than  beer and museums?” 

This will be the first and so far only chance to try the newest creation from Black and Blue  Brewery. The beer tasting will take place at Port Huron Museums’ Carnegie Museum October  7th, from 6 to 10 pm. Aside from dozens of other Michigan made craft beers from breweries  across the state, there will be live music provided by From Dusk Till Dawn, games and the  opportunity to explore the many exhibits on display in the 1904 Carnegie building. There are  also several craft stations where attendees, for a small cost to cover materials can make  creations like acrylic paint pour pumpkins, or beer themed ceramic tiles.  

Tickets are $35 and come with 6 sample tickets and are available at or by calling the Museum at 810.982.0891.

Submitted by the Port Huron Museums