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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)

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News
April 1, 2016
The ABA Scanner is Coming to Springfield
The ABA scanner will be at the ABA Annual Meeting in Springfield, IL in June 2016.

Do you have rare brewery related books or documents you would like to share with the breweriana community? Pl...
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April 1, 2015
Darrell Smith named New ABA Executive Director
Darrell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in education. After graduation he served two years in the Peace Corps in Yemen teaching English. He continued in Yeme...
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October 13, 2014
Remembering John Seelow, 1942 — 2014
ABA is sad to report the death of its best friend, John Seelow on Thursday October 9, 2014.

John was very special to ABA and was the face of ABA to the membership since he become Executive Dire...
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July 25, 2014
Favorite Adult Beverage?
Beer! More Americans say they prefer a pint over a glass of vino or a cocktail, according to a new Gallop poll.

This year, 41 percent of U.S. drinking adults said they typically choose beer; 3...
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May 24, 2014
Top 10 Beer- Selling Holidays
This summer, more than 38 million American households are expected to buy a cold beer.

It’s not surprising, then, that Labor Day and Memorial Day rank as the No. 1 and No. 2 beer-selling hol...
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May 3, 2014
U.S. Craft Beer Totals 2013
Craft beers account for 7.8% of the U.S. beer market. There are 2,772 operating breweries including non-craft.

Volume growth was 18% for craft breweries with 109 new brewpubs and 304 new microb...
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February 13, 2014
Lance’s Brewery Tour Continues!
Mark your calendars...Lance’s Brewery Tour is officially coming to Potosi Wisconsin.”A Beer Genius with Autism”

The ABA National Brewery Museum™& Library will be the highlight of his en...
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February 12, 2014
Brewer Count Continues To Grow!
The United States saw an ever-higher number of new breweries enter the market in 2013. The majority of the 948 new permits issued in 2013 went to brewpubs. There are 3,699 active “permitted brewerie...
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January 10, 2014
Minhas Craft Brewery Restarts Production After Fire!
Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe Wisconsin, announced it would start making new batches of beer the week of January 20 - two months after a fire caused more than $2 million in damage to the nation’s s...
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December 3, 2013
Looking for a Unique Christmas Gift?
Need a last minute unique gift? Why not a Membership to ABA! Six issues of a great magazine, access to a brewery database and much more!

Click on “Join Today!” on right side banner of this ...
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July 16, 2013
Top Ten Craft Brewing States
The number of U.S. craft breweries grew by 18% in 2012, reaching 2,403, according to the Brewers Association, the trade group representing small and independent American brewers.

These 10 stat...
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June 28, 2013
ZYMURGY’S 11TH ANNUAL BEST BEERS IN AMERICA SURVEY
For the fifth straight year, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, a double IPA, brewed in the Santa Rosa California brewpub, is the gold standard for the best beers commercially available in the United ...
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March 11, 2013
Beer Is For More Than Drinking In Alaska
Long time ABA Members, Marcy and Geof Larson, Co-Founders of the Alaskan Brewing Company alaskanbeer.com, Juneau Alaska, say Beer is for more than drinking in Ala...
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March 6, 2013
National Brewery Museum™ & Potosi Brewery Toured
Comments from Robin Fuchs Founder BeerToursUSA.com and CraftBeerDirectory.com. "I could write a book here. This has go...
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January 29, 2013
2011 Global Beer Production Increases
In 2011 50.9 billion gallons of beer were produced, up 3.7% over 2010! The 27th consecutive year of an increase.

China brewed 25% of the world’s beer and was the largest producer for the 10t...
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January 28, 2013
Top Ten Beer-Consuming States
Top ten beer-consuming states per year, by individuals and total volume.

1-New Hampshire: 43.0 gallons per person/41,994,894 gallons total

2-North Dakota: 42.2 gallons per person/20,71...
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January 20,2013
How Many Microbreweries & Brewpubs in U.S.?
According to the Brewers Association, there were 2,011 breweries in the U.S. in 1887. However, by the 1970s, the number had dwindled to less than 100.

By the mid-1980s, local craft breweries an...
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December 4, 2112
BREWING IN GREATER PITTSBURG RELEASED
ABA Member, Robert A. Musson, has announced the release of BREWING IN GREATER PITTSBURG. He will be doing a book signing at 1pm Saturday 12/8 at the Penn Brewery.

Contact Rob at grossvater@zo...
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October 14, 2012
OCTOBERBUST?
What would Oktoberfest be like without beer? Residents of Munich Germany may find out this year. Event organizers have plenty of beer for the 16-day fair, but a sharp increase of consumption during th...
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September 29, 2012
YUENGLING PREPARES BIGGEST AD PUSH EVER
Pottsville Pennsylvania’s 183 -Year-Old Yuengling Brewery which is now the largest U.S. owned brewer that makes all its beer in the states, is about to launch it’s largest ad push ever, increasing...
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September 21, 2012
BOND DRINKS BEER
It seems that James Bond. a.k.a. Agent 007, will drink beer, not his signature vodka martini (shaken not stirred) in the next Bond film, SKYFALL.

Bond actor Daniel Craig will play Bond for the ...
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September 8, 2012
ABA PORT OF POTOSI CHAPTER WINS 1ST PLACE!
Port of Potosi ABA Chapter, Potosi Wisconsin won 1st place in the recent Platteville Dairy Days parade.

The Potosi Chapter participates in many parades throughout South West Wisconsin. ABA than...
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August 2, 2012
More Neon Signs at National Brewery Museum
Additional neon signs were recently installed in the restaurant/bar area at the National Brewery Museum™ in Potosi Wisconsin.

They are quite impressive for the evening diners. These are just ...
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July 30, 2012
Horse Drawn Wagons and Beer In Politics at National Brewery Museum
ABA Members Chuck Splinter and Larry Weber recently set up displays from their collections of horse drawn beer wagons at the National Brewery Museum™ in Potosi Wisconsin.

The Reisch Bunch fro...
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July 11, 2012
Michigan Brewing Co. Assets Sold
The remnants of Michigan Brewing Co., best known for producing Kid Rock’s Badass Beer, were purchased at auction last week by MillerCoors.

A MillerCoors spokesman said the purchase did not i...
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June 25, 2012
Michigan Brewing Company Assets Auctioned
The assets of the Webberville based brewery were auctioned off this past week. The 200 barrel brewery closed in April 2012.

The brewery produced many fine beers including Kid Rock’s Badass Re...
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May 24, 2012
Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill to Lift Homebrewers Restrictions
On Monday, April 2, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law the bill which lifts current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made. It wi...
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April 14, 2012
Churchkey Can Co. Bring Back Flat Top Cans
They are back! Flat top cans requiring a “church key “ to open!

If under 50 years old check this out for details -

churchkeycanco.com...
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April 13, 2012
What will you have?
At a conference of beer producers, the presidents of the beer companies decided to have a drink at the bar.

The president of Budweiser orders a Bud, the president of Miller orders a Miller Lit...
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October 25, 2011
Potosi Brewery Foundation A $25k Winner - Thanks For your Votes!!
The Potosi Brewery Foundation was one of the winners of a $25,000 grant from EMC Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa!

The public voting over the past 3 months resulted in this award which is pa...
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October 19, 2011
Coming Soon To Your Local Walmart: More Craft Beer
In another sign that the fast-growing segment is going mainstream, the nation’s largest company and biggest beer seller is planning to add shelf space to accommodate more craft brews.

While c...
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September 19, 2011
Very Satisfied National Brewery Museum™ Visitor!
Lynn Geyer a long time NABA and ABA member, Silver City New Mexico, sent in these comments to Museum Board Member Tye Schwable, LaCrosse Wisconsin:


On a recent long trip to Minnesota I took...
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September 18, 2011
YOUR VOTE NEEDED!! SUPPORT THE ABA NATIONAL MUSEUM™ VOTE NOW!
The EMC Insurance Company ,Des Moines Iowa, has selected the Potosi Brewery Foundation as the recipient of a $1,000 grant which is part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of EMC. 100 grants were awa...
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June 24, 2011
ABA Selects New President Larry Bowden
Larry Bowden, Platteville Wisconsin, was elected President of the American Breweriana Association (ABA) at their Annual Meeting in Dallas Texas June 14-18, 2011.Larry also becomes President of the ABA...
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May 14, 2011
ABA Journal Now Available Online
This great magazine has been published bi-monthly for 30 years for the enjoyment of Breweriana collectors everywhere. Now, all previous issues are available online as searchable files, and ABA Members...
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April 27, 2011
City Brewing Co to Purchase Memphis Brewing Facility
City Brewing Co. of La Crosse Wisconsin will purchase the Hardy Bottling Co., Memphis Tennessee for $30 million and spend another $11 million restarting the defunct brewing operation.

The plan...
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February 28, 2011
Craft vs Micro vs Macro Breweries
A craft brewery is a brewery that has an annual production of between 15,000 and 2,000,000 barrels. The brewery must possess either an all malt flagship brand or have a least 50% of its volume in eith...
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February 28, 2011
Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 campaign that reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor an...
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February 4, 2011
National Brewery Museum™ Video
Have not had the opportunity to visit the National Brewery Museum & Library
and the restored Potosi Brewery in Wisconsin? See what you are missing!

Check out this great video with highlight...
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November 10, 2010
Meister Brau, Braniff and 148 Other Trademarks to Be Sold at Auction
Meister Brau occupies an important place in U.S. beer history as the precursor to Miller Lite -- and, more recently, as the favorite beer of Cousin Eddie, the unforgettable red neck in National Lampoo...
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October 13, 2010
Beer Facts Worth Knowing
1) Store bottled beer upright, not on it’s side. This minimizes oxidation and contamination from the cap.

2) Bottled beer is pasteurized. Keg beer is not. That’s why it’s critical for keg...
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September 21, 2010
Italian Beer Market Dominated By International Giants
Italian beer market is dominated by international giants who acquired, one by one, all the historical national brands like Poretti, Peroni, Dreher, etc.

The only brewery that is still defending...
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September 7, 2010
ABA National Brewery Museum™ American Flag Donation
Thanks to the donations from many Members of ABA and the installation work of the ABA Potosi Chapter Members, the flagpole is up!

It is a great addition to the Potosi Brewery Complex in Potosi ...
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August 27, 2010
Pictures from the Past
Here are a few photos from 1939-1943 showing some old beer signs and advertisements. (From the Denver Post pLOG photo blogs read article

August 24, 2010
Beer Trucks From the Past “Bring Me A Beer!
Beer Truck Lovers check out these beer trucks from the past. Certain you will recognize the brewery names and the trucks. Shows in Power Point. Sent by Paul Rahne #57

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August 2, 2010
Backyard Beer
What may seem for some like the nexus of entrepreneurship and community service is, for Dwayne Smith of Fort Worth, Texas, simply a nuisance.

The Cowtown native is complaining about a neighbor ...
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June 1, 2010
Americans Downing Less Beer
The $100 billion U.S. brewing industry is staggering into its crucial selling season from its weakest position in years. Sales for 11 of the biggest brands fell in the four weeks ended May 16. Only fo...
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June 1,2010
Beaton’s Hold Open House for ABA Annual Meeting Attendees
Jim and Ruth Beaton to host Open House for fellow collectors attending the ABA Annual Meeting in Bloomington Minnesota June 8-12, 2010.

This event concludes on Saturday June 12 with a Beer Col...
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May 25, 2010
Craft Brewery Collectibles Chapter New ABA Chapter!
Craft Brewery Collectibles Chapter of Plymouth Connecticut has become the newest chapter of the American Breweriana Association.

This Chapter is cosponsor of shows throughout the year includin...
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May 12, 2010
Herb & Helen Haydock World of Beer Memorabilia Museum Grand Opening
World of Beer Memorabilia Museum to Celebrate Grand Opening June 12th and 13th

Herb and Helen Haydock, together with the Minhas family invite you to the Grand Opening of the Herb and Helen Hay...
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April 15, 2010
Potosi Brewery 12 oz Bottles Available May !0, 2010
Potosi Brewery announced that 12 oz bottles will be available May 10, 2010 at stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. The ABA National Brewery Museum™ is located in the Potosi Brewery Complex at P...
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April 10, 2010
2nd Annual Tri-State Taste of Barley
PLATTEVILLE, WI – The second annual Tri-State Taste of Barley event took place on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at the Platteville Convention Center. This event is sponsored by the Platteville Area Ch...
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April 3, 2010
Michigan Votes to Repeal 18th Amendment
Michigan, the first state to support Prohibition, was the first state to vote to repeal the 18th Amendment on April 3, 1933.

Michigan had gone dry at midnight on April 30, 1918. Because of Detr...
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March 13, 2010
“Prohibition Style” raids at Philadelphia Bars
Submitted by C.J. Stefanowicz: A real brouhaha has beer lovers in Philly frothing with anger.

State regulators say all beer being sold in the state must be registered with the Pennsylvania Liqu...
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February 26, 2010
One Woman, Twelve Men
How can one woman satisfy twelve men?

Like this!...
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January 24, 2010
75Tth Birthday of the Beer Can
January 24, 1935 was the birthday of the beer can. It was introduced by the G. Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, NJ. in Richmond Virginia.

It was very successful and several other breweries qu...
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January 19, 2010
Interesting Thought....
The church is near, but the road is icy. The bar is far away, but I will walk carefully. old Russian proverb ...
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January 14, 2010
ABA Membership Growth Program Extended
ABA will credit each member $5 for obtaining one (1) new member and $10 for obtaining two (2) new members toward their next ABA Membership Renewal.

A one year ABA Membership Renewal will be aw...
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October 22, 2009
Great Invention!
Check out this video for the latest “must have” for all beer lovers! Check out this video for the latest “must have” for all ...
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July 3, 2009
Dubuque Brewing and Malting Building Fire!
On May 5, 2009 ABA Member Jim Massey reported a fire at the Dubuque Brewing and Malting Company in Dubuque, Iowa. This site was one of the stops on the bus trip at the 2008 ABA Dubuque Annual Meeting....
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July 3, 2009
2009 ABA Literature Award Winner
Herman Wiley Ronnenberg, Ph.D., was awarded the ABA 2009 Literature Award at the recent Annual Meeting in Madison Wisconsin.

Herman writes numerous articles for the bi-monthly American Breweria...
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June 23, 2009
Walter’s Premium Pilsner Is Back!
Walter’s is again being brewed for the folks of Eau Claire Wisconsin and surrounding areas.

Tim Kelly, Brewmaster at Northwoods Brewpub and Grill, spent months developing the beers original ...
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June 10, 2009
Mission Creative Wins National Addy Award!
Mission Creative, a full service ad agency located in Dubuque, Iowa, recently was the recipient of a Silver National ADDY® award for design and development of beer labels for the Potosi Brewery Compa...
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June 5, 2009
Yuengling Continues as “Americia’s Oldest Brewery”
D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. continues to be “America’s Oldest Brewery”. Founded in 1829 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Yuengling has begun it’s celebration of 180 years of continuous f...
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June 5, 2009
Michigan Brewing Co. To Produce ‘Kid Rock’ Beer
Webberville Michigan’s Michigan Brewing Co. will produce a new product line: a craft beer for local musician Kid Rock.

Bobby Mason, owner-brewer at the Michigan Brewing Co., hopes to have the...
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May 28, 2009
Full Circle by Nancy Gettelman
The Museum of Beer and Brewing Board Member, Nancy Gettelman has completed another book. This one is a mystery...in a brewery! It’s a great book!

Copies are available at museumofbeerandbrewin...
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April 9, 2009
Schlitz Website
From “The Pilsner” the Chicago Breweriana Society ABA Chapter Bi-Annual Newsletter: Schlitz is back and now has a great website - SchlitzGusto.com containing a history timeline, lots of retro adve...
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April 9, 2009
Possible Beer Tax Increase In Michigan
Lansing Michigan - A state-appointed task force will recommend improvements to Michigan’s child welfare system, including a higher beer tax to raise money for abuse and neglect prevention programs.<...
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March 27, 2009
Tri-State Taste of Barley Brew Fest May 23, 2009 in Platteville Wisconsin
The Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the American Breweriana Association, to bring the “Tri-State Taste of Barley Brew Fest” to the tri-state area on Saturday, May 23, 2009....
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March 26,2009
ABA Logo Apparel form Lands’ End
POUR ON THE QUALITY” - Purchase various top quality items with the ABA and/or National Brewery Museum logos! Thousands of apparel options for men and women.

No minimum order! Order any style ...
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March 17, 2009
Did You Know?
As published in the March 2009 Cascade Breweriana Association Newsletter:

The “rule of thumb” was used by brewers before the invention of thermometers. The brewer would dip his thumb into t...
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March 5, 2009
Bottle Polishing Machine Added to National Brewery Museum
According to Tom Rejmaniak, ABA Museum Foundation Executive Director, thanks to the efforts of Board Member Herb Page, Davenport Iowa, the museum is now in possession of a bottle polishing machine!read article

February 24, 2009
Prehistoric Fun At Potosi
Many people donned caveman or cavewomen costumes Saturday February 21 for Port of Potosi American Breweriana Association Chapter sponsored, inaugural Potosi Cave Party.

The event was held at th...
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February 20, 2009
Interesting Beer Facts!
From the newsletter of Amici della Birra breweriana club in Torino, Italy as published in The World of Beer Magazine.

“Musical Beer” Even if it is not well known, many musicians are tied ...
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February 6, 2009
Cascade Breweriana Association New ABA Chapter!
Cascade Breweriana Association in Portland Oregon has become the newest chapter of the American Breweriana Association!

This Chapter was the perfect host of the 2007 Annual Meeting of the ABA i...
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January 30, 2009
Membership Directory Available At Web Site
The ABA Membership Directory is now available to Members!

Go to “Members” button and follow instructions.

Members can notify the ABA office of any changes via e-mail and they will b...
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January 29, 2009
A-B Giving Up Exclusive Major Leaque Deals
Anheuser-Bush InBev has changed the way it will spend it’s $350 million marketing budget.

They have reworked over a dozen pro-team exclusive deals with the National Hockey Leaque, the Nationa...
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December 18, 2008
A Personal Reflection by Frank Friorenza
When Potosi was invited to the American Breweriana Association annual meeting in June of 2003, held at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew little of the Association and t...
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June 23, 2008
2008 Annual Meeting a Great Success
The XXVII ABA Annual Meeting held in Dubuque Iowa June 16-21, 2008 was once again a success! It was indeed a very special time renewing friendships, great tours, local pub-crawls and the highlight of...
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June 1, 2008
National Brewery Museum & Library to Open June 19, 2008
The National Brewery Museum & Library located in Potosi Wisconsin will open on June 19th 2008 to coincide with the American Breweriana Association’s annual meeting in nearby Dubuque Iowa. It is expe...
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