Beer education is incredibly important to me. There’s a great big world of beer information out there, and it can be a daunting task for people to experiment with flavors or learn about styles.
But beyond flavors and styles, beer has a story. Beer isn’t just a beverage. The story and history of beer is an extremely powerful one.
Did you know that women were the first brewers?
Did you know that hops weren’t originally a part of beer? It wasn’t until around 1600 that they became a prevalent ingredient in beer. (Can you even imagine a world without IPAs?)
Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids were paid in beer?
Some breweries are lucky enough to have a resident beer geek to share some of their knowledge about beer and its history, but for the most part, you’ll have to pick up a book to learn yourself.
Or do you…?
I bring you, Brew: The Museum of Beer.
Yep. A museum about beer.
And what would a beer museum be without beer on tap? Yeah, they have that covered, too.
So where is this museum?
It actually doesn’t exist yet.
But have no fear. Pittsburgh beer geek, Joe McAllister is working to make the museum a reality in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. McAllister founded the Autism Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and co-founded the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders. He’s no stranger to taking on big projects, and as a beer geek, saw a need for a beer museum that told the story of beer instead of just the story of one brewery.
This 50,000 square foot museum is set to be the first of its kind, and is slated to open in 2018. The museum will focus on the history of beer, include interactive exhibits, and it will have its own brewery and 300 seat gastropub.
Crowdfunding efforts began a few months ago and have earned close to $30,000 so far on Indiegogo. The first goal for this campaign is to raise $50,000. The Indiegogo campaign ends December 19, but funds will continue to be accepted after that date, and the campaign will receive all funds raised, even if it doesn’t reach its goal.
As a lover of beer and beer education, a Certified Cicerone, and a lover of Pittsburgh, this news couldn’t excite me more. I hope you’ll join me in donating a few bucks to help this vision become reality. The link to donate is here!