The material in this section covers beers, ales, and other beverages produced by brewers and is just a sample of the books and other resources that is available. This guide is not focused on home brewing but the legislative history of home brewing is part of the history of the industry particularly around the 18th and 21st Amendments. The Law Library has published "Just Brew It: A Brief Legislative History about Homebrewing in the United States – Part 1" and there is also a Part 2 if you want to understand that history.
Please see the resources in the general section of this guide where there are books and trade literature that provide an historical overview of the alcoholic beverage industry and are not devoted to a specific type of beverage. If you are looking for images please search the Library's website using the word beer or brewing.
The following materials from the Library's collections examine general information and he history of the beer and ale industry. The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.
The resources here are for those looking to understand the market. The focus are directories and sources with company/brewery names as well as annual overviews and literature for those in the industry.
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