When you think of the Smithsonian Institution, most people think of the Hope Diamond, or African American history, or the Air & Space Museum. Some think of sculpture and others think of art. Not many think of craft beer. Today on Beer Notes, we highlight the new “Brewing a Revolution” exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Within the larger Smithsonian Complex, The National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history.
And since 2016, the Smithsonian has been collecting information for their new exhibit, “Brewing a Revolution.” This exhibit is funded in part by the Brewers Association and is one of four major new sections in the FOOD: Transforming the American Table permanent exhibit.. In November, the Smithsonian gathered the craft beer pioneers and hosted “Last Call” to speak and learn about the last 50 years of beer and to launch the new exhibit.
And the story laid out for visitors to “Brewing a Revolution” is rich and varied. Visitors will see artifacts, archival materials and photographs that originated in the homebrewing and microbrewing movements of California and Colorado in the 1960s through 1980s—the beginning of the craft beer “revolution.”
This new exhibit is one more reason to plan your beercation to Maryland and the Eastern Shore, stopping by DC for some craft beer education. We hope to see you there.