National Prohibition became law in 1919. One hundred years later, Michigan boasts an impressive craft brewing scene. Celebrate this centennial at the History Center by sampling beers from the newly revived Upper Peninsula Brewing Company. This year the Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC) is adding a historical dimension to Marquette Craft Beer Week. Brewing History, on Wednesday, September 4th from 7-9 PM, is a $35 per ticket fundraiser to support the History Center.
Come be among the first to try beers from the Upper Peninsula Brewing Company. Meet the brewer and discuss his plans to open a new brewery in Negaunee that revives this historically important name.
Hear about the history of brewing and prohibition from noted local historian Russ Magnaghi. The author of Prohibition in the Upper Peninsula and Upper Peninsula Beer, Dr. Magnaghi will share insights from his research and be available to answer questions about drinking traditions in the U.P. Listen to stories about bars and nightlife in Marquette’s past from Jim Koski. Noted local radio personality and host of popular History Center walking tours, Jim Koski will tell fascinating and sordid tales of what people did for nocturnal entertainment in Marquette in past generations. Learn about the hobby of bottle collecting from Bill Van Kosky. He has been scouring the Upper Peninsula for bottles for decades, and has amassed a large bottle collection as well as an impressive knowledge of local brewing history. Enjoy images of bars and breweries from the Upper Peninsula’s past, meet some of the region’s top experts on brewing and nightlife history, and get a first taste of some of Marquette County’s newest beers.
Call (906) 226-3571, visit the History Center at 145 W. Spring Street in Marquette, or go online to www.marquettehistory.org to get your tickets to this unforgettable evening of beer and history. Sponsored by Iron Bay Restaurant.
La Rochelle Saloon 412 S. Front St.,
compliments of the John M. Longyear Research Library