Breweriana Collecting Beer Memorabilia

Breweriana Collecting Beer Memorabilia – Philly Beer Week

Museum to Hold a Conversation on Breweriana, Collecting Beer Memorabilia, Followed by a Live Demonstration of Colonial Beer Making Saturday, June 8, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

In celebration of Philly Beer Week 2013, the Philadelphia History Museum will hold Conversations: Breweriana, Collecting Beer Memorabilia, a discussion on collecting beer memorabilia, also known as breweriana, with noted collectors Larry Handy and Dale Van Wieren.  The discussion will be followed by a live demonstration of colonial home brewing in the Museum’s Marian Mitchell Garden by Rich Wagner, author of the book Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty.  This Conversation is held in conjunction with Made in Philadelphia, Craft Brewing: It’s a Beer Revolution, an exhibition on view at the Philadelphia History Museum on the history of beer and brewing in the city.

Handy and Van Wieren will talk about the brewery collectible hobby, how it started, why they do it, and how you can too.  Beer drinkers have long enjoyed collecting just about everything with a brewery name or brand on it — what we call breweriana today. Types of breweriana include: advertising mugs & steins, embossed beer bottles, beer glasses (etched, embossed, & enameled), beer trays, beer signs, and miscellaneous brewery items such as patches, mini-bottles, openers , beer cans, tap handles, labels, coasters, and other advertising items. Among the first beer collectibles were bottle caps, or crowns, an innovation of the 1890s. Collecting increased in the 1920s with the onset of Prohibition when hundreds of breweries and thousands of saloons were forced to close their doors. Many owners and workers held on to items that were left behind. After Repeal, when a brewery would close, taverns often sold or gave away the advertising items from that brewery which they had displayed. In the Museum’s garden, beer historian Richard Wagner will present a colonial home brewing demonstration.  Wagner will show how beer was made in the 18th century using the same kinds of hops, barley, and wooden tools used to brew beer in Philadelphia 250 years ago when the drink was as popular as it is today.

Event Venue : Philadelphia History Museum

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Breweriana Collecting Beer Memorabilia
Event Category: Philly Beer Week
When: June 8, 2013
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Philadelphia History Museum


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