Brew: The Museum of Beer will be a major tourist attraction designed by internationally-recognized experts in museums and beer studies. Comparable in size and scope to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Brew will be able to accommodate 400,000+ visitors per year. State-of-the-art technology will underpin the entire experience, maximizing visitor engagement through interactive exhibits and activities.
Brew: The Museum of Beer presents Beer in WWII at the West Overton Distillery Museum, in conjunction with the traveling exhibition, We Can Do It! WWII, the 500-square foot exhibit created by the Senator John Heinz History Center, now through March 26.
The Beer in WWII exhibit presents:
- the remarkable story of how beer went to war
- the post-Prohibition “redemption” of beer through some of the first national advertising campaigns
- the challenges of putting out more beer with many employees away at war
- amazing ways that beer made it to the troops
- how the war changed beer for decades to come.
The Heinz History Center We Can Do It! WWII traveling exhibition explores Western Pennsylvania’s incredible impact on the home, industrial, and battle fronts during World War II. Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the development of the jeep, a uniquely American invention produced by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, Pa., and hear the stories behind Rosie the Riveter and the local Tuskegee Airmen whose contributions helped to turn the tide of the war.
The West Overton Distillery Museum’s exhibit explores the war’s impact on local coal, and distilling, along with the value of rationing, scrapping, and buying war bonds. Visitors will also be able to listen to oral interviews with local home front soldiers.
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We have had more than 100,000 visits to our interactive map of the breweries of Pennsylvania. Thank you for checking us out. It is fun to zoom in and out, seeing the amazing number of breweries that have sprouted up around the State. But you may not realize the full functionality of the map.
Once you click to load the interaction map, you can click on any placeholder to pull up information on that brewery. You can click on the road sign in the informational window to get directions to that brewery. You can also use the search bar to find any brewery in PA. Alternatively, you can scroll through all the breweries by category, Active and Pending (not yet opened). Toggle the ’v’ on the left, under check box to show the full list in alphabetical order. Enjoy!
The Brew experience will span the totality of beer, from the gods and saints representing its spiritual and profound aspects, to its more base elements, including the grinches and villains in the world of beer.
Brew will be a bottom-up venture, developed in collaboration with the beer making and beer drinking communities. Input and support will be solicited at all stages of the endeavor.
Egyptian god of agriculture and beer
Sumerian god of brewing
Accla. Incan keeper of the sacred fires and beer brewers
The original King of Beer
Hildegard of Bingen
Abbess and brewer. Told her nuns it was healthier to drink beer than water. Recommended hops as a preservative.
St. Augustine of Hippo
Patron of brewers, in part because he was something of a party animal before his conversion, but still drank in moderation post-conversion
One of her miracles was changing bathwater into an excellent beer
“So when the devil says to you, ‘Do not drink,’ answer him: ‘I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.’ One must always do what Satan forbids.”
Known for “hatchetations,” her method for dissuading people from drinking: chopping up bars; referred to the bartender as a “white-aproned priest of debauchery and licentiousness.”
Andrew John Volstead
Introduced the National Prohibition Act, passed in October 1919
King Henry VIII
Is said to have called hops a “wicked and pernicious weed.”
Ended a temperance lecture by saying, “I would rather commit adultery than drink a glass of beer,” Someone in the crowd bellowed back, “Who wouldn’t?”
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