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Tales from the Archives: Michigan Beer: A Heady History with Patti Smith

Thursday Jul 21 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Holland Museum
31 W 10th Street

Michigan Beer author Patti F. Smith will discuss Michigan’s long history and relationship with beer.

Michigan has long been called the Great Lakes State but in the past few decades, it has also become known as the Great Beer State. Author Patti F. Smith will lead a talk highlighting the pioneering brewers from the end of the 19th century through Prohibition and post WWII. Along the way, participants will discover different styles of beer from ales to lagers, how early immigrants brought their distinctive beer styles from their home countries, the story of early Holland brewers, as well as brewing consolidation after the war, and how COVID-19 has altered the brewing landscape.

Thursday, July 21, 2022
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Holland Museum Spark!Lab
Donations appreciated.
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This program is part of the Holland Museum “Tales from the Archives” series which explores local history topics supported by the Holland Museum’s collection and archives.

About Patti Smith
Patti-Smith-MI Beer HistoryCurrently, a special education teacher and former legal aid lawyer, Patti F. Smith is the author of three non-fiction books: Michigan Beer: Vanishing Ann Arbor, Images of America–Downtown Ann Arbor, and A History of the People’s Food Co-op Ann Arbor. She has written for, West Suburban Living magazine, Concentrate, Mittenbrew, The Ann, AADL’s Pulp blog, and the Ann Arbor Observer. Patti is a frequent public speaker around town, curating HERsay (an all-woman variety show), GROWN FOLKS READING (story time for grownups), MAY IT PLEASE THE COURT? (all-lawyer show) and telling stories at Ignite, Nerd Nite, Tellabration and Telling Tales Out of School. Patti serves as a commissioner for the Recreation Advisory Commission, as a teacher of history for Rec & Ed, as a storyteller in the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild, and volunteers for the Ann Arbor Film Festival and as a DJ for WCBN. She lives with her husband, Ken Anderson in Ann Arbor.


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