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There are periodicals and journals housed in various archival collections, the main source being the Brewing and Fermentation Research and Olympia Brewery Library collections. There are also publications in the main library collection, which are noted with VLIB in the list below.
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.
Anti-saloon League year book: holdings run 1908-1931 (VLIB 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."
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.
Brewer's Digest: holdings run 1940-2004 (VLIB 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.
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.
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.
The Hop Press: A Memorandum of What's Brewin'
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 American Society of Brewing Chemists: issues from 1976-2011 (VLIB 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 Federated Institutes of Brewing: issues from 1895-1903. (VLIB TP570).
British journal that contains original research articles, as well as abstracts from articles published in other journals.
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.
Journal of the Institute of Brewing: issues from 1930-2012. (VLIB 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)
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/Pacific Hop Grower
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.
The year book of the United States Brewers' Association: holdings run from 1909-1921, 1911 is missing (VLIB 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."
Wallerstein Laboratory Communications: issues from 1937-1972.
Wallerstein Laboratories: issues from 1937-1940. (VLIB TP500 .W2).
Publications on the science and practice of brewing.
Western brewer: issues from 1913-1960 (VLIB 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dictionary of the History of the American Brewing and Distilling Industries by William L. Downard
A reference work that historians interested in brewing, distilling, and federal regulation of those industries will want to consult. Professor William Downard has compiled useful information and ar- ranged it alphabetically by firm, person, and subject. The reader can easily locate subjects as diverse as the 1855 "beer riot" in Chicago and "the worm" (a device for cooling alcohol vapors when distilled). The author included citations of the major persons, organizations, and statutes pertaining to federal regulation and the prohibition movement
Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon's Willamette Valley by Dr. Peter Kopp
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.
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