Curious about how the practice and attitudes around beer brewing have changed throughout U.S. history? If so, you'll want to check out The Reflection of Technology in Brewing, an online exhibit curated by Meg Morrissey at the University of Michigan Library. Here, readers can learn about American beer brewing, including home brewing during the colonial era; the growth of commercial brewing as a result of Industrial Revolution innovations; beer marketing following the repeal of Prohibition; and the recent resurgence of home brewing. Readers will find a variety of primary documents that illuminate the ever-shifting role of beer and brewing in the United States. Readers may browse eighteenth century home brewing manuals or read parts of F.W. Salem's 1880 treatise, Beer, its History and its Economic Value as a National Beverage , in which Salem, responding to the growing temperance movement, argues that beer was a preferable alternative to hard liquor that brewers were, in fact, the "real, though perhaps unconscious, promoters of the great and glorious cause of genuine temperance."
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