By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Before the Atwater Kent Museum reopens next spring as the Philadelphia History Museum, it is holding a series of ‘conversations’ on tales of our city. Tonight, some experts will discuss the state of beer in Philadelphia, while folks sip local brews.

The $5.8 million renovation is finished, but now the re-branded museum is finalizing its exhibition space:

“It’s going to be a whole new look on city history.”

The Philadelphia History Museum’s Kate Bieg says in the meantime, they’re offering the conversations program series, which offers a contemporary look on different facets of city life.

This evening, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Philadelphia Magazine food editor Kirsten Henri and local brewery historian Richard Wagner will discuss Philadelphia’s history as a brewery town and beer-making:

“It’s five dollars, museum members are free, and we’re offering a sampling of local beers from Yards, Dock Street, and the Philadelphia Brewing Company.”

Upcoming conversations include political cartooning at the Inquirer and Daily News, a Philadelphia based documentary by former and possible future mayoral candidate Sam Katz, and antique samplers from Amy Finkel’s Pine Street store.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio

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