Prohibition and American Brewing History

Theresa McCulla: Historian, American Brewing History Initiative, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

2018 marks the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, which banned the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol in America for more than a decade. The Prohibition era is commonly associated with cocktails, moonshine, and speakeasies. But how did Prohibition intersect with histories of beer, the brewing industry, and homebrewing?

The Smithsonian’s brewing historian will explore these stories using objects from the collection of the National Museum of American History (NMAH), concluding with a discussion of the American Brewing History Initiative, which is building an archive at NMAH of America’s brewing history.

About Theresa McCulla

Theresa McCulla is historian of the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Previously, she worked for Harvard University Library, Harvard University Dining Services, and the Central Intelligence Agency. McCulla earned a PhD in …

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