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Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill – Upcoming Events
June 22 – August 18
History on Tap
History on Tap examines the cultural and economic role of Oregon generally, and the Mid-Valley specifically, as one of the nation’s largest beer producers. Discover brewing methods, machinery and recipes for creating beers, as well as information on home brewing. Explore the importance of hops growing to the Willamette Valley’s economy, past and present. Uncover the tensions and interdependence that existed between the brewing industry, the temperance movement and women’s suffrage. Entrepreneurship is highlighted through “case histories” from brewing at Fort Vancouver in 1826, to Henry Saxer and Henry Weinhard in the 1840s and 1850s, to Salem’s Capital Brewery, to today’s craft brewing industry.
Heritage Lecture Series
History Pub at The Mill: Beer Heritage of Oregon
Thursday, July 12 – through Thursday, August 9
Starting at 5:30 pm in the Dye House
Come raise a mug and listen to tales about those who brewed it, fought it, picked hops for it and sold it both legally and illegally. McMenamins Beer will be available. Sponsed in part by McMenamin’s Pub and Breweries. Additional help provided by the Law offices of Ryan W. Collier.
July 12th – “Tao of Fred Eckardt: Oregon’s Beer Guru.
Fred Eckardt, Oregen Beer Publicist with John Foyston, Oregon Beer Reporter
July 19th – “Northwest Beer Wars of the 1930′s”
Tim Hills, McMenamins Pubs & Breweries Historian
July 26th – “Prohibition at the Reservation”
Dr. David Lewis, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Cultural
August 2nd – “Suffarage and Temperance: Significant Women’s Movements in Oregon’s Prohibition Era
Sarah Hardy, Western Oregon University
August 9th – “Microbrew Revolution and Evolution”
Fred Bowman, Oregon Craft Brewing Pioneer and Co-Founder of Portland Brewing
Grain to Glass: Beginner Home Brewing Workshop
Joshua Berry, Capital Brewers
- July 18, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
- August 8, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
- August 26, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Learn how to brew, ferment, bottling and tasting—from Grain to Glass. In this workshop, you will brew a historic, colonial inspired ale that might have been very similar to the beer brewed by the first brew masters who came to Fort Vancouver in 1829. It will be geared towards the beginner in brewing, but will also have valuable info for the intermediate brewer.
If you would like to learn to brew and appreciate beer more, and get a little history at the same time, this is the class for you.
The workshop meets in three sessions. Space is limited. $35 members, $50 non-members, for all three sessions. Call 503-585-7012 to register.
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