Beer history is American history. It's a story of community engagement, entrepreneurship, community building, and cultural change. Crawling the sites of craft breweries across the United States will capture a snapshot of the range of breweries, the changing landscape of American brewing, and the ways in which these breweries are affecting and being affected by their communities.
Beer bloggers and writers are a crucial part of the brewing industry as they connect brewers and consumers, yet there is no systematic collection of these blogs. Beer blogs demonstrate changes in the production and marketing side of an American industry that is today in a massive boom period. By archiving the work of the beer bloggers and writers who are documenting this industry and the changes taking place within it, we can better understand how the beer and brewing industry is evolving over time.
These two projects are both funded through in-kind awards from Archive-It as part of their first ever "Pitch a Collection" competition, and awarded to Erin Lawrimore on behalf of Well Crafted NC and the Brewing History Consortium.