National Brewery Museum The American Breweriana Association, through the ABA Museum Foundation and in partnership with the Potosi Museum Foundation, has restored the former Potosi Brewery at Potosi, Wisconsin into the National Brewery Museum & Research Library.
Located in the Potosi Brewery Complex at 209 S. Main Street in Potosi Wisconsin. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. (After March 12, 2012 Open Daily 10 am to 6 pm)
Western Brewer Journals Digital Archives The Beer Institute in Washington, D. C. has agreed to loan the National Brewery Museum Library their rare complete collection of Western Brewer Journals from 1876 to 1960. These rare Journals will be digitally archived and made available to ABA members and the public at the library.
The first group of Journals from 1876 to 1882 have been archived thanks to a $1,500 contribution from John Dutcher.
There are only 4 known complete sets, 3 in libraries and 1 in a private collection.
The Western Brewer Journal began publication in Chicago in 1876 and was the longest continually published brewing Industry journal. The Journals contain brewing industry advertisements, barley and hops market reports, editorials, obituaries, classifieds, "Brewery Intelligence" and feature articles along with the United Brewrmasters' Association Annual Convention Proceedings. The Journal underwent several name changes including The Beverage Journal during Prohibition and later the Brewers Journal which ceased publication in 1960.
The Journals have hundreds of exceptionally rare lithographs of both Brewery Buildings and the pioneering barons of the Brewing Industry.
The lithographs are awesome.
ABA's investment to digitally archive 44 years (1876 to 1919) of the Western Brewer Journals is in excess of $20,000 plus another $10,000 to archive 1920 to 1960.
The Western Brewer Journal archival project has turned out to be a much larger & expensive project than originally forecasted.
The number of pages to be archived is more than double the estimate at the start of the project. ABA has currently archived over 250,000 pages, 66 of the 85 years. We recently discovered the Beer Institute does not have all the years of the Journals so we have to find a source for the missing years.
ABA is considering software for viewing all online media including the Journals in a format other than a PDF. The software must be comparable with our database system and one that most of our members can access. The end of 2017 is our current estimate to have the Journals online and available to the membership.
ABA would appreciate your help in this rare opportunity to digitally preserve these historical documents of the Brewing Industry.
Please send your tax-deductible contribution to:
1122 Nottingham Drive
West Chester, PA 19380-4055
Western Brewer Journals Sponsors
Port of Potosi ABA
Dean & Polly Blazek
Otto P. Dobnick
Dr. Bud Werner
Donald & Edith Kunz
Larry Moter Jr.
Reich Brew Crew Chapter
Dale Van Wieren
Up to $99
Fred J. Gitner
Giles A. Light Jr.
Richard J. Ober Jr.