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Dr. Herman Ronnenberg will talk about the colorful history of beer brewing in our great gem state. And yes, there might be beer to drink as well. Come one, come all! Call it November-fest.
After teaching for 38 years, Dr. Ronnenberg retired in 2006. His career spanned nearly every level of teaching from elementary school through college.He has degrees from University of La Verne, University of Central Missouri, and his doctorate is from the University of Idaho. Herman has written many articles on brewing in the Inland Northwest and has an extensive collection of "Idaho Breweriana" (brewing antiques) on display at his home for guests to view.
Brewing in the Gem State began in Lewiston, moved into nearly every mining camp, and developed into thriving business in population centers such as Boise, Nampa, Lewiston, Moscow, Wallace, Pocatello and Coeur d'Alene. It was an industry that influenced barley agriculture and hop growing until prohibition destroyed it. Brewing returned to a few cities in the 1930s but was unable to compete with large national brewers. In the 1980s microbreweries and brewpubs emerged and continue to thrive. Early brewers were involved in politics and local investment as well as gunfights, bankruptcies and court cases. Herman will tailor his talk to the area of Idaho where it is presented.
Sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council.