From the late-eighteenth until the mid-twentieth century, both brewing practices and industrial technology changed to keep up with demand. Brewing moved from the home to the factory, and advances in technology allowed for the brewing trade to expand and become a powerful industry. While the legal prohibition of alcohol changed the landscape of American brewing, it did not stop people from buying beer. Once it was once again legal to brew at home, that became a popular American hobby.


Accum, Friedrich Christian. A treatise on the art of brewing: exhibiting the London practice of brewing porter, brown stout, ale, table beer, and various other kinds of malt liquors: with copper plates. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row. Green, printer, Leicester Street, Leicester Square, 1820. 

Adolph Coors CompanyGolden, CO: Adolph Coors Co., 197-.

The assembly bulletin: official publication of the Legislative Voters League of the State of Illinois. [Mount Morris, Ill.: Kable Brothers Company], 19--. 

The Bergner & Engel Brewing Co., Philadelphia. Philadelphia; [publisher unknown], 188-

Brewers' Industrial Exhibition (1876: Philadelphia, Pa.) Brewer's Industrial Exhibition: Centennial grounds, Fairmount Park, Phila.: essays on the malt liquor question ... New-York: Francis Hart & Co., printers and stationers, 63 and 65 Murray Street, cor. College Place, 1876. 

David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography, Graphics Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.

Ehret, George. Twenty-five years of brewing: with an illustrated history of American beer, dedicated to the friends of George Ehret. New York: Gast Lithograph & Engraving Co., 1891.

Ellis, William. The country housewife's family companion, or, Profitable directions for whatever relates to the management and good œconomy of the domestick concerns of a country life, according to the present practice of the country gentleman's, the yeoman's, the farmer's &c. wives... London: Printed for James Hodges at the Looking-Glass, facing St. Magnus Church, London-Bridge; and B. Collins, Bookseller, at Salisbury, 1750. 

Glasse, Hannah, 1708-1770. The art of cookery made plain and easy:which far exceeds any thing of the kind yet published: containing ...:to which are added one hundred and fifty new and useful receipts, and also fifty receipts for different articles of perfumery:with a copious index. London: Printed for W. Strahan, J. Rivington and Sons, S. Crowder ... [and 27 others], MDCCLXXVIII [1778]

Jones, Dean. Home brewing simplifiedAndover, UK: Amateur Winemaker, 1971.

Loeb, Robert H. How to keep that gal in your life and vice versa. New York: United States Brewers Foundation, 195-.

The outlook and sabbath quarterly. Alfred Centre, N.Y.: American Sabbath Tract Society, 188-.

Oliver, Garrett. The Oxford companion to beer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 

Ruppert, Jacob. Beer in the homeNew York: North American Society of the Arts, Inc., 1933.

Salem, F. W. Beer: its history and its economic value as a national beverageHartford, Conn.: F.W. Salem & Company, 1880, c1879. 

Smith, Andrew F. The Oxford encyclopedia of food and drink in AmericaNew York, NY: Oxford University Press, c2013. 

Accessing the Materials

This online exhibit is drawn from primary resources available through the William L. Clements Library and the Special Collections Library, University of Michigan. 


Special Collections Library:

The American Culinary History Collection is non-circulating. You are welcome to make a request to view culinary ephemera boxes or any other materials from the Special Collections Library in the Special Collections Reading Room (8 South, Hatcher Graduate Library) through Mirlyn. Simply click on "request this" button from the item record. You will receive an email when your materials are ready to view.


William L. Clements Library:

You can search the Clements' photographic and other pictorial collections by browsing the Graphics Division Finding Aids. Like the Special Collections Library, William L. Clements Library materials are non-circulating. Please consult their Reading Room policies for more information. 




Further Reading

Beer Brewing History in the United States Research Guide:

Downard, William L. Dictionary of the history of the American brewing and distilling industriesWestport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980. 

Illegal Distribution of Alcohol During Prohibition:

Blumenthal, Karen. Bootleg: murder, moonshine, and the lawless years of prohibitionNew York: Roaring Brook Press, 2011. 

Watman, Max. Chasing the white dog: an amateur outlaw's adventures in moonshineNew York: Simon & Schuster, 2010. 

Noon, Mark A., 1958-. Yuengling: a history of America's oldest brewery. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., c2005. 



I created this online exhibit as part of a semester-long internship with the U-M Library. Under the tutelage of librarians Alexa Pearce and JJ Jacobson, I wrote a research guide and created this exhibit. Both are about the history of beer brewing. I took on the project to learn more about brewing history and to learn how research guides and online exhibits are created at the U-M Library. Becoming a subject expert in a short amount of time is a valuable skill in the library and archival world, as is being able to curate an exhibit to show the value of a collection. This was an opportunity I simply couldn't pass up. 


I am grateful for the patience, expertise, and support of the following colleagues:



Alexa Pearce, Librarian for History & American Culture, University of Michigan Library

JJ Jacobson, Curator, American Culinary History Collection, Special Collections Library


Exhibit Selection:

Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphic Materials at the William L. Clements Library

JJ Jacobson, Curator, American Culinary History Collection, Special Collections Library


Technical and Programming Support:

Karmen Beecroft, Collection Services Specialist, Special Collections Library

Athena Jackson, Associate Director, Special Collections Library

Jodee J Jernigan, User Experience Architect, University of Michigan Library

Rights and Permissions Statement

The University of Michigan Library has placed copies of these works online for educational and research purposes. These works may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these works, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about this exhibit, please contact the Special Collections Library, If you have concerns about the inclusion of an item in this exhibit, please contact


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