Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History Looking to Hire First Ever Beer Historian

Cheers to learning more about beer. (iStock)
Cheers to learning more about beer. (iStock)

Beer nerds may want to drop everything for this career opportunity. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is hiring a beer historian/scholar for a three-year appointment. Curator Paula Johnson explains that the gig is a new position funded by the Brewers Association and that the museum is seeking someone who can “focus and dedicate efforts towards research, documentation, and collecting American brewing history.”

“We have collected food history for many years, so when we were doing the research for the exhibition, which is all about big changes in the post WW II era in how and what we eat, one thing we were curious about is the craft beer movement,” Johnson says. “We were looking at wine, coffee, cheese, artisanal bread, and farmers markets. Well, this movement with small-scale, local regional beer is part of the ethos.”

The museum has collections dating back to the late 19th century and early 20th century, but very little from the post-1960s era.

To say the position comes at the right time is an understatement. According to data released by the Brewers Association in March 2016, the number of craft breweries operating in the U.S. grew by 15 percent in 2015 (for a total of 4,269 breweries, the most in American history).

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SOURCE: Washington City Paper
Laura Hayes