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Bottoms Up!

August 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Bottoms Up” celebrates Wisconsin’s taverns and the breweries that fueled them. Beginning with inns and saloons, the book explores the rise of taverns and 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 and breweries of all eras, historical photos, postcards, advertisements, and breweriana illustrate the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing and the place that bars – and beer hold in our social and cultural history. The Institute Saloon is one of two Door County establishments featured in Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries.

Jim Draeger is a Wisconsin native, born and raised in Oconto.  He studied English and Philosophy at UW-Stevens Point, and after teaching in rural Trempealeau and Jackson counties, he got the preservation bug while working a restoration trade in Minneapolis.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.  Jim joined the Wisconsin Historical Society staff in August of 1987, coordinating Wisconsin’s National Register of Historic Places for 12 years.  He is co-author of the national award winning books Fill’er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations and Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries and historical consultant to the Wisconsin Public Television programs of the same title.  He recently retired as Wisconsin’s State Historic Preservation Officer.

The Monday, August 26th dinner menu is a roasted chicken dinner with all the fixings.

The price is $21 for members, $25 for guests.

This program is at the Institute Saloon located at 4599 Highway 57, Sturgeon Bay on August 26th at 6pm.

Make your reservation by sending payment to the Door County Historical Society, P.O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

The reservation deadline is Monday, August 19th; space is limited. For further information, contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332


August 26, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Door County Historical Society


Institute Saloon
4599 Highway 57
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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