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Smithsonian job posting seeks a craft beer historian

By Ben Hooper
Smithsonian job posting seeks a craft beer historian
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is seeking a beer historian to research craft brews. Photo by Ramon L. Farinos/Shutterstock.com

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- The Smithsonian is seeking applicants with a taste for both history and malted beverages to fill a brand new position: beer historian.

The National Museum of American History announced it is offering $64,650 a year plus benefits for someone with a passion for "research, documentation and collecting American brewing history" to head the facility's American Brewing History Initiative.

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Curator Paula Johnston said officials became curious about the history of craft beer in the United States while looking at other foods and beverages with cultural significance.

"We have collected food history for many years, so when we were doing the research for the exhibition, which is all about big changes in the post WW II era in how and what we eat, one thing we were curious about is the craft beer movement," Johnson told the Washington City Paper. "We were looking at wine, coffee, cheese, artisanal bread, and farmers markets. Well, this movement with small-scale, local regional beer is part of the ethos."

"Candidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history are encouraged to apply," the online job posting says. "Must be able to travel, work independently as well as within a team environment, to meet deadlines, and to communicate effectively with co-workers and the public."

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