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Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and a bunch of breweries

Above, Doug Hoverson, author of "A History of Minnesota Brewing" will speak on September 5.


The Fall 2009 Lecture Series begins Saturday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the ITOW Veterans Museum with a presentation by Doug Hoverson, author of "Land of Amber Waters: A History of Brewing in Minnesota."

For centuries, brewmasters both professional and homegrown have pursued the perfect pour--a delectable combination of barley, yeast, water and hops--and few states can claim as devoted a relationship to beer as Minnesota. For a time it seemed that every town had its brewery and a beer garden was a highlight of every local celebration. (Perham can claim Schroeder's Brewery, built near the Otter Tail River, and as for beer gardens, they are still popular here.)

Starting with its first brewery in 1849, Doug Hoverson tells the story of the state's beer industry from the small-town breweries that gave way to larger companies with regional and national prominence (including Hamm's, Grain Belt, and Schell's) to the vibrant beer culture of today. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Fall 2009 Lecture Series features winners of the Minnesota Book Awards who have done a marvelous job capturing the stories of Minnesota. The series is produced cooperatively with the Perham Area Public Library. Other speakers include Greg Breining who will talk about his book, "A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It", at the Perham Area Public Library on October 10. Barbara W. Sommers will present her book about the Civilian Conservation Corps, "Hard Work and a Good Deal", at the ITOW Veterans Museum on November 6. For more information call 218-346-7676.