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Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives: BOOKS, JOURNALS, PUBLICATIONS

This guide provides a list of archival collections related to hops and brewing history, as well as tips and resources for doing research.

Brewing publications (in OHBA archives)

These periodicals are housed in various archival collections, the main being the Brewing and Fermentation Research and Olympia Brewery Library collections. 

All About Beer issues from 1979-2014. 

Beer news, feature articles, expert panel tastings, travel, collectibles, homebrewing, history, beer cultures in other countries, food and beer, book reviews. Also includes ratings of more than 100 beers in every issue. 

American Brewer issues from 1957-2013. 

Topics that focus on the "business of beer" and matter to decision makers in the brewing industry. Newly emerging trends and incisive analysis; content written and compiled by experienced journalists. Informative, comprehensive, and sometimes controversial.

American Breweriana issues from 1990-1994. 

A bi-monthly journal that includes articles written by this magazines well-known enthusiasts, educators and historians. Discusses the history, collectables and past advertising of beer. Also includes information on this magazine’s upcoming events, news and activities.

American Society of Brewing Chemists: Proceedings issues from 1940-1974. 

An international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes scientific research and articles on the sciences behind brewing and distilling. Also includes analysis on the different techniques from business malting, brewing, and distilling.

BDI issues from 1972-1983. 

Brewer and Distiller International (BDI) is published by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD). BDI reports on a large range of topics from plant tours to a look at this industry’s competitive nature.

Beer Can Collectors News Report issues from 1981-1993. 

This magazine is published bi-monthly for all beer can enthusiast of the U.S. It offers a look multiple different forms of memorabilia from the beer industry throughout the ages.

Beer Cans and Brewery Collectibles issues from 1994-1998. 

A bi-monthly hobbyist magazine that offers a look at many beer centered collectables that are found throughout the years.

Beer Northwest/Beer West Magazine issues from 1993-1996, 2007-2010. 

Started as a Northwest beer culture and lifestyle magazine; in January 2011, the magazine expanded into California and became Beer West. Design concepts, innovative stories, and beer lifestyle content. Targeted to beer and food enthusiasts, and marketed as a "celebration of the unique Western beer-loving life."

Beverage World issues from 1975-1983.

Founded in 1882, this magazine, with monthly issues, was a great resources analysis, information, and articles on the beverage world. It ceased operation in 2016 after being acquired by Beverage Industry.

Brauwelt - English editions - issues from 1985-1996. 

An international magazine and network for the brewing and beverage industry.  The company offers publications in English, Russian, German, and Chinese.

Brewers' Almanac issues from 1955-1982. 

This magazine covers a wide range of statistical information for the brewing industry. This includes tax-rates, financial statistics, along with imports and exports.

Brewers' Digest issues from 1961-1998.

A brewing publication that a focuses on technical advancements with brewing techniques, buyers guides and other practical aspects of the beer industry.

Brewers' Guardian issues from 1963-2002. 

International brewing industry magazine that covers the business of brewing.Covers topics including corporate strategy, brewing, packaging, regulation, environmental and social responsibility, and brands and marketing. Also includes interviews with senior industry executives on industry trends and developments. Brewers' Guardian was first published in 1871, as a continuation of the Country Brewer's Gazette, and covered big stories such as the scientific breakthroughs of Louis Pasteur.

​Brewing Techniques issues from 1993-1999. 

Technical brewing magazine that was designed for both the advanced homebrewer and commercial brewer. Articles are written by a wide range of authors and on a wide variety of topics such as adjuncts, real ale, lab methods, education and training, judging, startups, and hops.

All articles are available on morebeer.com.

Brygmestern: The Scandinavian Brewers’ Review - in Danish - issues from 1972-1978. 

Translated to “brewmaster,” this monthly magazine is published in both Danish and English. It offers abstracts, advertising, book reviews, and many other insights into the brewing and beer industry.

Celebrator Beer News issues from 1988-2014. 

Newspaper about U.S. craft brewing, with articles related to festivals and events, food, people, beer and books reviews, and other industry tidbits. Also includes articles about international activities. 

Institute of Brewing: Proceedings of annual conventions in Australia and New Zealand Section issues from 1970-1994. 

Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists issues from 1975-1997.

An international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes scientific research and articles on the sciences behind brewing and distilling. Also includes analysis on the different techniques from business malting, brewing, and distilling. Same as a American Society of Brewing Chemists issues from 1940-1974.

Journal of the Institute of Brewing issues from 1948-1984.

A journal with quarterly publications that focuses on the scientific studies behind the brewing and distilling industries. These expertly reviewed articles are largely academic papers with research conducted at universities, institutes, and international laboratories.

Malt Advocate issues from 1994-2009

Magazine that used to focus more on beer, this publication is now called Whisky Advocate and devotes most of the issues to whisky-related topics. 

MBAA Technical Quarterly issues from 1964-2003. 

An online magazine that features both reviewed and non-reviewed articles on brewing ingredients, products, and methods. Along with this wide range of topics, the magazine also covers beer flavor and physical stability.

Modern Brewery Age issues from 1968-1995, 2006. 

A business magazine for the brewing industry.

New Brewer issues from 1983-2010.

Established in 1983 to help commercial start-up breweries find their way during the early days of the craft beer revolution, the journal of the Brewers Association has evolved with the maturing craft brewing community. Offers practical insights and advice for all sized breweries; content includes industry news, brewing technology, pub and restaurant management, and packaged beer sales and distribution. The annual "Industry Review" issue (May/June) tallies production for every craft brewery in America.

Northwest Brewing News issues from 1999-2014. 

Craft beer and brewing news from the Northwest, including feature columns, tasting panels, seasonal releases, homebrewers information, as well as state columns from Alaska and British Columbia to the Bay Area. 

Issues dating 2010-present are available on the Brewing News site. Also included are newspapers from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes, the Rocky Mountains, Southwest, and Southern regions. 

Oregon Beer Growler issues from 2012-present.

Oregon-centric craft beer newspaper covering a wide-variety of topics including brewery news, politics and regional concerns, people, history, homebrewing, food, tasting, and events. 

Find online issues on the OBG site. 

​Wallerstein Laboratory Communications issues from 1937-1972. 

Zymurgy issues from 1984-2013

Journal of the American Homebrewers Association that provides information for brewers and beer lovers. Articles include events, recipes, ingredients, books, suppliers, industry news, statistics of latest trends of the brewing industry, equipment, brewing science, and a healthy dose of beer culture.

Hops Publications (in OHBA archives)

The Oregon Hop Grower / Pacific Hop Grower (1933-1940) and The Hopper (1945-1954) supported the growers, brewers, and related industries with articles about crop forecasts and yields, mechanization and technological advances, pests and diseases, research, health, and membership information. They also contain minutes and reports from various state grower's associations. These periodicals are housed in the Brewing and Fermentation Research Collection.

The Hop Press: A Memorandum of What's Brewin' newsletter was prepared by Hop Specialist G.R. Hoerner and issued monthly by the Oregon State College Extension Service to provide information on hops and brewing to County Extension Agents in Oregon. This informal publication provides a detailed view of hops growing and production in Oregon and the northwest for this period, as well as information about hops growing in Washington, Idaho, and California. Included are a variety of news items, such as statistics on hop acreage, the costs of production, number of growers, information about industry organizations, summaries and preliminary reports of OSU hops research, news items from newspapers and other publications in Oregon and Washington, agendas for Hop Growers Conferences, and summaries of presentations at these conferences.

Newsletters (in OHBA archives)

Highlights in the Fred Eckhardt Collection include his own publications: Otto's Delicatessen Newsletter, Amateur Brewer Newsletter, Listen to Your Beer, Talk to Your Beer. All are available online. The Eckhardt Collection also contains Home Fermenters Digest, homebrewers association newsletters from US and Canada, as well as various publications in the event and subject files.

Newsletter highlights in the Brewing and Research Fermentation include items from the Heart of the Valley Homebrewers, Oregon Brew Crew, and Cascade Brewers Society.

Brewing publications (in OSU library)

Western brewer: issues from 1913-1960 (TP500 .B7).

Includes articles and pictures of people, companies, plants, and other related industry information, as well as advertisements for equipment/supplies and statistics. This journal was also called Beverage Journal (during Prohibition) and Brewers Journal. It was published by Gibson Pub. Co. in Philadelphia. 

The year book of the United States Brewers' Association: holdings run from 1909-1921, 1911 is missing (HD9397.U5 U49).

Information about the activities and issues pertaining to the US Brewers' Association, including supplemental research materials; tables and statistics for taxation related to malt liquors, hops, barley, and rice; and officers, members, and breweries from each state. The 1911 through 1916 yearbooks include proceedings of the 51st through 56th annual conventions, and the yearbook for 1909 includes a "Historical sketch of United States Brewers' Association."

The Brewer's Digest: holdings run 1940-2004 (TP500.B82).

Marketed to commercial brewers, this journal includes abstracts for new publications, news from the US and abroad, education, statistics, event information, economic and legislative updates, photographs, and wonderful advertisements. It was published by Siebel Pub. Co. in Chicago and was also known as Brewers Technical Review and Siebel Technical Review.

Anti-saloon League year book: holdings run 1908-1931 (HV5286 .A6).

Produced by Ernest Hurst Cherrington and the Anti-saloon League of America to be "An encyclopedia of facts and figures dealing with the liquor traffic and the temperance reform."

Online journals

Brewery History Online

Brewery History was first published in 1973 and appears four times a year. Its prime aim is to promote historical research into all aspects of brewing and related industries, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. The journal comprises original articles, photographic essays, reprints of academic theses and difficult to obtain pieces, and book reviews. The scope of Brewery History includes, but is not limited to, histories of existing and closed breweries, research on associated industries (e.g. malting, hops, retailing), biographical pieces on key figures, and studies into the social, political and economic impact of the brewing industry. The journal occasionally publishes themed issues on specific topics and provides the option for peer review.

Academic journals (in OSU library)

Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists: holdings run 1976-2011 (TP500).

Published by the American Society of Brewing Chemists, this journal publishes scientific papers, review articles, and technical reports dealing with the chemistry and microbiology of brewing ingredients and relevant technology, as well as the analytical techniques used in the malting and brewing industry.

See also Proceedings. Annual meeting - American Society of Brewing Chemists: holdings run 1940-1942, 1946-1975. (TP500 .A5)

Journal of the Institute of Brewing: holdings run 1930-2012. (TP570 .I5).

This journal publishes original scientific papers relating to the brewing and fermentation industries, their raw materials and by-products. Papers are drawn from universities, research institutes and industrial laboratories world-wide.

See also Malting, brewing and allied processes: a literature survey prepared for the Institute of Brewing: holdings run 1957-1964. (Z7914.B6 M2)

Journal of the Federated Institutes of Brewing: holdings run 1895-1903. (TP570).

British journal that contains original research articles, as well as abstracts from articles published in other journals.

Wallerstein Laboratories: holdings run 1937-1940. (TP500 .W2).

Publications on the science and practice of brewing.

Frequently consulted books

How can you use this list? These are the most consulted books in our collections. Beneath each title, you’ll find a description of the material, as well as frequent research topics associated with the book. Use this list as an inspiration rather than a prescription. 

  • Not just for the home brewer, brewing recipe books from all eras offer information about ingredients, process, and styles. 
  • Not just for the tourist, state and regional tour books from all eras offer information about businesses, locations, total number of breweries in an area, and ownership details. Comparing books from different years will give insight into the change over time of the industry. 

Ambitious Brew by Maureen Ogle

Ogle brings an analytical and historical approach to the American beer narrative, structuring the story around the histories of prominent brewers and beer enthusiasts. The book offers a good general history from the westward expansion of the mid-nineteenth century to the craft brewing craze at the turn of the twentieth. Extensive notes, bibliography, and index included.

We've used this for research pertaining to: history of American brewing and the American beer industry.

American Breweries by Donald Bull, Manfred Friedrich, and Robert Gottschalk and The register of United States breweries, 1876-1976: an alphabetical index by Manfred Friedrich and Donald Bull

These books include information about the name of the brewery, dates of operation, city, owner, and production. 

We've used this for research pertaining to: history of American brewing and the American beer industry.

The Audacity of Hops by Tom Acitelli

The Audacity of Hops follows the explosion of the American craft brew movement since the 1970s, built upon information gathered from interviews and archives. Acitelli notably covers multiple industry facets, including brewing, marketing, and public perception. Acitelli also addresses the impact of similar cultural trends, such as the Slow Food Movement.

We've used this for research pertaining to: the history of craft brewing in America, public perception of drinking beer, and promotional materials and campaigns related to brewing.

Bend Beer by Jon Abernathy

Abernathy traces the trajectory of Central Oregon’s beer history in his book, Bend Beer. In addition to including historical and production information for many Central Oregon breweries, the book contains a fascinating economic narrative of the region. Abernathy tracks Bend’s progress from a small homesteading community in the early twentieth century to a destination town with one of the highest number of breweries per capita in the nation.

We've used this for research pertaining to: Central Oregon breweries and Central Oregon beer history.

Brewed in America by Stanley Baron

Published in 1962, this book focuses on the lasting popularity of beer and homebrewing throughout American history. Baron traces American beer’s roots back to the colonies, gradually following its trajectory across the growing nation and offering industry and brewing information along the way. Baron’s work is notable for its focus on early brewing practices, from the seventeenth century to Prohibition, as well as its lengthy reference list, bibliography, and index.                                                                     

We've used this for research pertaining to: pre-Prohibition, beer styles, and the development of brewing along the Pacific Coast.

Brewed in the Pacific Northwest by Gary and Gloria Meier

Without extensive citations or notes, this book offers an excellent introduction to the general history and production trends of brewing in Oregon and Washington. The Meiers cover important pre-Prohibition brewers and the steps they took to try to survive Prohibition. Brewed in the Pacific Northwest also includes homebrewing information, rare historical photos, and industry-related promotional materials.

We've used this for research pertaining to: Pacific Northwest brewing history, pre-Prohibition brewing practices, original Oregon breweries, and original Washington breweries.

Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon's Willamette Valley by Dr. Peter Kopp

Through the story of the hop, Hoptopia connects 21st century beer drinkers to lands and histories forgotten in an era of industrial food production. The craft beer revolution of the late 20th century is a remarkable global history that converged in the agricultural landscapes of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The common hop, a plant native to Eurasia, arrived to the Pacific Northwest only in the 19th century, but it thrived in the region’s environmental conditions. By the first half of the 20th century the Willamette Valley claimed the title “Hop Center of the World.” Hoptopia integrates an interdisciplinary history of environment, culture, economy, labor, and science through the story of the most indispensable ingredient in beer.
 
We've used this for research pertaining to: hop cultivation and distribution, the history of hops in Oregon and America.

Oregon Breweries by Brian Yaeger

Yaeger’s book offers brief histories, beer lists, and engaging vignettes from nearly 200 breweries across Oregon. Written almost like a guidebook, Oregon Breweries is easy to digest and browse for information. Personal interviews and visits make Yaeger’s book an important addition to the ‘Beervana’ narrative.

We've used this for research pertaining to: Oregon beer history, Oregon breweries, Portland breweries, regional beer industry information.

Portland Beer by Pete Dunlop

Dunlop uses interviews and archival materials to follow the rise of ‘Beervana’ in Portland. Although the book is best used for post-Prohibition research, it also includes some historical information about the city’s popular frontier saloon culture. Of particular note are Dunlop’s sections pertaining to the Brewpub Bill and the influence of local, beer-centric events like the Oregon Brewers Festival.

We've used this for research pertaining to: Portland beer culture, Portland breweries, and modern legislation pertaining to beer.

Portland Beer Stories by Steven Shomler

Shomler lends his voice to more than 40 individuals involved in Portland’s craft brew industry. Learn about the beer scene and its contemporary history from the brewers, distributors, pub owners, and growers living in its midst. Easily digested, Portland Beer Stories offers an entertaining way to discover little-told stories and introduce oneself to the craft beer movement.

We've used this for research pertaining to: contemporary Portland beer history and Portland brew culture.

Tinged with Gold: Hop Culture in the United States by Michael A. Tomlan

Tomlan studies structures related to rural hop farming, examining them in specific socioeconomic and historical contexts. These structures are used as foundations for creating a national narrative of hop farming, one which explores the cultivation and harvesting of the crop. Tinged with Gold offers excellent background on the hop industry, as well as the incredible technological advances that have changed the way farms operate.

We've used this for research pertaining to: hop cultivation and distribution, rural farming in the 18th/19th centuries, and the history of hop growth and use in America.

The Widmer Way: How Two Brothers Led Portland’s Craft Beer Revolution by Jeff Alworth

The Widmer Way chronicles Kurt and Rob Widmer’s journey from homebrewers to craft beer pioneers. Drawing from hours of interviews with Kurt and Rob, close family and friends, and colleagues in the beer industry, The Widmer Way looks into the Widmer brothers’ lives and their  impact on craft brewing in Portland and beyond. Alworth explores the Widmer family’s beer history, the brothers’ German influence, the brewery’s distribution deal with Anheuser-Busch, and the formation of the Craft Brew Alliance, one of the largest craft brewing companies in the United States. Alworth also dives deep into Portland’s history, setting the scene for Widmer’s rise in the city now known for its exquisite beer.

We've used this for research pertaining to: Portland beer history and brew culture.

For further useful reading, browse the book lists of these collections:

  • MSS Fred Eckhardt
  • MSS Robert Daly

For other historic books, do a search on the Hathi Trust and Google Books!

Newspapers

The Historic Oregon Newspapers Project is an amazing resource for searching and accessing complete content for historic Oregon newspapers for your hops, barley, and brewing research. 

Also of note is the Library of Congress' Chronicling America Project, where you can search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922. ​

Read more about newspaper research on the OSU Libraries Newspaper Guide