Smithsonian announces new initiative to document brewing history


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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced today at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Philadelphia that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document, and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers, and the beer industry to explore how the beverage and brewing connect to larger themes in American history.

Part of the “Smithsonian Food History” project, museum staff will work with the Brewers Association, American brewers, and beer historians to document and collect the stories and history of modern American brewing.

“Brewing has a long and deep connection to our country’s history, and the museum’s collections explore the history of beer from the late 19th to early 20th centuries,” said John Gray, the director of the museum, in a press release. “The support of the Brewers Association allows our staff to collect the more recent history, including the impact of small and independent craft brewers who continue to advance the U.S. beer culture and inspire brewers worldwide.

More information about the initiative and beer history at the museum is available here.

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