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Pendarvis to Host 'Bottoms Up' Book Party

An exhibit case containing an assortment of historic beer and brewery labels

Yehes da! That's the way Pendarvis historic site in Mineral Point — which celebrates the history of Wisconsin's Cornish miners and settlers — will say "cheers" to the state's historic bars and breweries this St. Patrick's Day weekend. The Wisconsin Historical Society's site invites you to mark St. Patrick's Day with a toast to the history and culture of bars and brewing in Wisconsin on Saturday, March 16. Join Wisconsin Historical Society Press authors Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz as they "hoist a pint to history" from their new book 'Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries,' beginning at 5:30 pm at the site's Education Center on Spruce Street.

From the First Saloons to Modern Theme Bars

The cover of "Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries"
The night kicks off with a fun discussion of the history of bars and breweries, from inns and saloons — like the Pendarvis site's Kiddleywink Pub — to today's modern theme bars. The authors will highlight the history from their book, which celebrates Wisconsin's taverns and the breweries that fueled them. The book features 70 taverns and breweries from around the state and explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity and morality.

A Video Documentary and Trivia Contest

The program will feature a showing from the Wisconsin Public Television documentary 'Bottoms Up: Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries' as well as a "Bottoms Up" trivia contest. The event will also showcase breweriana memorabilia from the Wisconsin Historical Society's collections. A book signing will follow the discussion, and beer from Brewery Creek Brewery in Mineral Point will be available for purchase.

The "Bottoms Up" book party is free and open to the public. For more information, contact or 608-987-2122.

:: Posted March 11, 2013

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