Nov 03 2018
Bars, Bordellos, Mushrooms & Ale

Bars, Bordellos, Mushrooms & Ale

Presented by Kelley House Museum at Kelley House Museum

“Bars, Bordellos, Mushrooms & Ale” Saturday, November 3, at the Kelley House Museum

Discover the aphrodisiac properties of mushrooms while sipping limited edition Frolic Ale – Scottish Wee Heavy at the Kelley House Museum on Saturday, November 3, from 5-7 p.m. Join Madame Kate for an evening of ribald fun and go back in time to the wild days of the 1800s when Mendocino was a rough and ready logging town with twenty bars — ten were on Main Street alone! Most doubled as bordellos, offering “sporting women” for hire in the upstairs rooms.

The evening begins with complimentary artisan mushroom appetizers and a glass of wine when the doors open at five o’clock. At 5:15 p.m., Alison Gardner and Fern Tahja will introduce you to the pleasures of wild mushrooms found in the area, including the Candy Cap properties that incited carnal appetites. The two locals will also discuss cooking with mushrooms and their medicinal use.

Next up is the exclusive opportunity to taste the new Frolic Ale – Scottish Wee Heavy, custom crafted by Drew’s Brews and winner of the Blue Ribbon at this year’s Sonoma Harvest Fair. Yeast sediment from the 1996 Frolic Shipwreck Ale, created by the now defunct Mendocino Brewing Company, was included in the making of this beer. The clipper ship Frolic wrecked off the Mendocino Coast in 1850 just north of today’s Point Cabrillo Light Station, which did not exist until 1909. A salvage party from San Francisco, led by Mendocino founding pioneer Jerome Ford, failed in its quest to find cargo from the Frolic, which went down with 6,000 bottles of Edinburgh ale aboard. Instead, the men discovered a far more lucrative treasure: the vast and mighty redwood forest. The Frolic Ale – Scottish Wee Heavy will also be available in very limited quantities via a Silent Auction, along with one premium package containing both the original rare Frolic Shipwreck Ale and the tribute Frolic Ale 2018.

Then, sit back and prepare to laugh until you cry as Madame Kate escorts you into the bawdy world of “soiled doves” and saloons where “companionship for a price” was a way of life in 19th century Mendocino.

Admission for adults only is $25 and advance tickets are recommended. For more information or tickets, call 707-937-5791.

The Kelley House Museum is the Mendocino Coast’s repository for local history and open Friday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with admission by suggested donation of $5. For details visit 45007 Albion Street at Lansing in Mendocino or



Admission Info

Call 707-937-5791 for tickets.


21 and over only

Phone: 707-937-5791


Dates & Times

2018/11/03 - 2018/11/03

Additional time info:

Admission includes artisan mushroom appetizers, a glass of wine and the beer tasting.

Silent auction bid number also included in ticket price.

Location Info

Kelley House Museum

45007 Albion Street, Mendocino, CA 95460