I began a affable black in Easton afresh by endlessly at the Two Rivers Brewing Company to sample one of its new offerings and accommodated some friends.
The new absolution was Jack and Glad’s Framboise, a wine barrel-aged agrarian ale attenuated with raspberries. The characterization was the conception of Preston Hindmarch, watercolor chronicler of abounding Easton breadth landmarks and addition I wrote about abounding years ago in a alternation of columns focused on the once-popular Plainfield Township watering hole, Jack and Glad’s Kesslersville Hotel.
Hindmarch was there at a table aback I arrived, anon amidst by accompany of his and above assemblage of Jack and Glad’s. I had a canteen of ale — I admired it — afore branch off to an Easton City Council affair and the Easton Public Market.
As it happens, I played a baby role in the conception of the painting that aggressive the label.
It all started in the austere winter of January 2001, with a cavalcade that began:
“A agglomeration of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon.”
I accept I don’t apperceive abundant about poetry, but I’ve never apprehend a bigger aperture band than that one from Robert W. Service’s “The Shooting of Dan McGrew.” It trips over the argot like clear, algid baptize rolling over a bouldered Yukon riverbed.”
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Easton artists Preston Hindmarch’s painting of the old Jack and Glad’s Kesserlersville Hote in Plainfield Township is featured on the Two Rivers Brewing Company’s beer canteen characterization of Jack and Glad’s Framboise.
Easton artists Preston Hindmarch’s painting of the old Jack and Glad’s Kesserlersville Hote in Plainfield Township is featured on the Two Rivers Brewing Company’s beer canteen characterization of Jack and Glad’s Framboise. (Morning Call File Photo)
This cavalcade about Service drew lots of reaction, including a admonition of how addicted the backward antic Jean Shepherd, addition of my admired capacity aback then, was of reciting Service’s poems. That, in turn, led me to Jack Wester, who alien abounding Lafayette acceptance to Robert Service as they drank in his bar.
One of those acceptance wrote me: “I still anticipate about those abounding aphotic winter nights out there ‘in the abundant alone’ of arctic Northampton County aback Jack, afterwards affairs the bung on the jukebox, would recite from anamnesis those abundant tales of the Klondike. How he could authority a agglomeration of (mostly underage) fraternity guys, and I ability add, a few adroitness members, agape and in awe of his anamnesis was absolutely amazing.
“Jack had a abounding arch of blubbery white hair, a analogous clean-cut handlebar mustache and a fair bulk of Agrarian Turkey in him as continued as I knew him. He consistently wore a white shirt and tie and abrupt vest. He could do ‘Face on the Barroom Floor’ [another anecdotal composition mentioned in a antecedent column] and did a lot of Kipling, too, in his best Brit accent.”
Each time I wrote about him, added bodies beatific their reminiscences. Those belief led Lafayette alumni to accumulate that 2001 alliance weekend at the Academy Hill Tavern to allotment Jack Wester tales.
Hindmarch, who had been contacted by a Lafayette alum the year afore about painting the long-closed bar, didn’t accept a photo of it. So he accomplished out to me about contacting some of the bodies who had accounting me about Jack and Glad’s. I helped absolute him to that alliance gathering, area he aggregate descriptions from the alumni, as able-bodied as an autographed photo of Jack at the bar. Partly as a aftereffect of the advice he accustomed that night, Hindmarch was able to accomplishment his watercolor, which appearance an exoteric appearance of the bashful architecture and a active Jack looming abaft it.
So how did this about-face into a beer label?
Hindmarch told me that aback buyer Troy Reynard was advancing to accomplish beer for Two Rivers, he approached Hindmarch about accomplishing labels based on actual abstracts in Easton.
Hindmarch kept suggesting Wester and beatific Reynard a brace of my old belief to accord him a bigger abstraction of the history there. He assuredly got approval to use his Jack and Glad’s painting for a new ale they were unveiling.
Hindmarch absolutely visited Jack and Glad’s once, but all he remembered was the mollusk and ability carapace driveway and the couch on the porch.
“I was underage,” he explained. “So I didn’t absolutely attending about too well, because I didn’t appetite to accomplish eye acquaintance with anyone.”
I batten with Easton advocate Edward Shaughnessy, who visited Two Rivers that night and spent several academy summers disposed bar for Wester, who died in 1990 at age 90.
Shaughnessy told me he began activity to Jack and Glad’s as a adolescent boy aback his father, a Lafayette professor, acclimated to booty him up there.
I asked him what consequence Wester fabricated on him aback then. “He was aloof a bigger than activity guy,” he said.
Shaughnessy was a academy apprentice aback he began spending his summers and holidays disposed bar in the aboriginal to mid-’80s. He remembered that Wester had little attention for the state’s liquor ascendancy laws, which was one acumen so abounding adolescent Lafayette acceptance and others frequented the abode afore they were accurately of age. “I apperceive his dad,” Wester would acquaint his bartender aback he questioned someone’s age. “Go ahead.”
Shaughnessy acclaimed that by law they were declared to aing at 2, but if there were bodies around, Wester would acquaint him, “Shut the shades, shut the shades,” and they kept going. “I was still disposed bar at 4 or 5 in the morning sometimes,” Shaughnessy said.
He said the crowds were an absorbing mix of Lafayette students, Lafayette professors, farmers and able people. Local rugby clubs admired activity up there, too. There was no TV in there, and bodies came for the absorbing chat and the casual Jack Wester performance.
Wester was a amphitheater aerialist in his youth, abacus added theatricality to his renditions of Service, Kipling and added poetry, complete with agee his mustache and sips of Jameson’s whiskey. Shaughnessy explained, “When he acquainted the chat wasn’t absorbing or things were accepting a little arid and he acquainted the allowance bare some entertainment, that’s usually aback he would do that affectionate of thing.”
Shaughnessy told me he acclimated to accept Jack’s blatant articulation and abounding of the balladry down, but he can’t do it anymore. “I anticipate I damaged my articulate chords,” he said.
I decidedly admired one adventure he told about visiting Wester in the hospital. Shaughnessy was walking bottomward the anteroom against his room, and he could apprehend that voice.
“I’m not bistro until my bartender gets here!” Wester was babble at the nurse.
“Mr. Wester,” she was cogent him, “you’re at the hospital, you’re not at your bar.”
“There he is!” Wester exclaimed aback Shaughnessy absolved in. “There’s my bartender!”
I’ll run a brace of those old columns on my blog this week. If you accept some new belief to add, feel chargeless to email them to me.
Meanwhile, I’ll explain that Jack and Glad’s Framboise is on tap at the Two Rivers Brewing, and that although Hindmarch is retired, you still can acquirement his book anon from him for $130. His email abode is [email protected], and his buzz cardinal is (484) 542-4845.
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