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Bottoms Up : A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries (Hardcover) (Jim Draeger)

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With this color illustrated guide, general readers will tour the state's quirkiest, kitschiest, and most historic taverns and breweries. Draeger, an architectural historian at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Speltz, who holds a master's degree in public history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focus on the most intact and unchanged buildings and on the evolution of architectural styles. The book begins with an overview history of Wisconsin bars and the state's brewing industry, highlighting their symbiotic relationship, and discussion of the impact of various historical, political, and social trends, especially Prohibition. Detailed entries on 70 historic bars and breweries are illustrated with contemporary color photos and b&w historical photos. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Bottoms Up showcases the architecture and history of 70 Wisconsin breweries and bars. Beginning with inns and saloons, the book explores the rise of breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. It traces the development of the megabreweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries. Contemporary photographs of unusual and distinctive bars of all eras, historic photos, postcards, advertisements, and breweriana help tell the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing?and the place that bars and taverns hold in our social and cultural history.

Number of Pages: 256.0
Genre: History, Architecture, Travel
Sub-Genre: Beverages / Beer, USA / Midwest / NE Central (IL/IN/MI/OH/WI), Public + Commercial + Industrial Buildings, USA / State + Local / Midwest
Series Title: Places Along the Way
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Author: Jim Draeger
Language: English
Street Date: August 31, 2012
TCIN: 14185236
UPC: 9780870204982
Item Number (DPCI): 248-80-7051

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