From the Lewis and Clark Expedition to today’s craft brewing revolution, Oregon has been at the forefront of the hop growing and brewing industry for centuries. Opening on Friday, Oct. 26, the Oregon Historical Society’s newest exhibition, “Barley, Barrels, Bottles & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer,” will showcase the people, companies, and legislation that have made Oregon the innovative center for brewing it is today.
The exhibition also traces the history of hop growing in the state and its impact across the globe, including the momentum that has propelled the state to a place as the second highest hop producer in the country.
In fact, some of the most innovative research into hop growing and beer brewing is happening right here at Oregon State University. The exhibit will include hundreds of objects and photos from the Oregon Historical Society collections as well as additional materials from the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at Oregon State University, including a number of items never before displayed in an exhibition.
Interactive activities will also give visitors a chance to experience some of the sights, sounds, and scents related to the exciting processes of hop growing and beer brewing.
The exhibition will run from Oct. 26, 2018 - June 9, 2019.