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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Beer and History

To many of us, hot summer afternoons mean beer. In fact, one recent study found that Wisconsin residents each drank, on average, more than 36 gallons of beer last year.

This is nothing new, since beer has been part of our cultural life for at least 150 years. In the 19th century, Germans often spent weekend afternoons with family and friends at beer halls. That tradition is described in this 1922 newspaper article. And you can see one of the nation's most famous beer gardens in 1896 guide to the Schlitz Palm Garden in Milwaukee.

Finally, the story of brewing in Wisconsin is shown in this gallery of historic images and told in our recent book, 'Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries.'

So open the fridge, sit down next to the fan or air conditioner, and spend a few minutes discovering the history of that cold frosty one by your side.

:: Posted in on July 12, 2013
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