Western Brewer Journals Digital Archives

Western Brewer Journals are Now Available. To access, you'll need to be an ABA Member and have either donated to the project or paid an additional subscription fee. You can access the Journals here. If you would like to subscribe, you can do so on the online renewal page, or contact the ABA Executive Director at director@americanbreweriana.org.

The Beer Institute in Washington, D. C. has agreed to loan the National Brewery Museum Library their rare complete collection of Western Brewer Journals from 1876 to 1960. These rare Journals will be digitally archived and made available to ABA members and the public at the library.

The first group of Journals from 1876 to 1882 have been archived thanks to a $1,500 contribution from John Dutcher.

There are only 4 known complete sets, 3 in libraries and 1 in a private collection.

The Western Brewer Journal began publication in Chicago in 1876 and was the longest continually published brewing Industry journal. The Journals contain brewing industry advertisements, barley and hops market reports, editorials, obituaries, classifieds, "Brewery Intelligence" and feature articles along with the United Brewrmasters' Association Annual Convention Proceedings. The Journal underwent several name changes including The Beverage Journal during Prohibition and later the Brewers Journal which ceased publication in 1960.

The Journals have hundreds of exceptionally rare lithographs of both Brewery Buildings and the pioneering barons of the Brewing Industry.

The lithographs are awesome.

ABA's investment to digitally archive 44 years (1876 to 1919) of the Western Brewer Journals
is in excess of $20,000 plus another $10,000 to archive 1920 to 1960.

The Western Brewer Journal archival project has turned out to be a much larger & expensive project than originally forecasted.

The number of pages to be archived is more than double the estimate at the start of the project. ABA has currently archived over 250,000 pages, 66 of the 85 years. We recently discovered the Beer Institute does not have all the years of the Journals so we have to find a source for the missing years.

ABA would appreciate your help in this rare opportunity to digitally preserve these historical documents of the Brewing Industry.

Please send your tax-deductible contribution to:
Len Chylack
1122 Nottingham Drive
West Chester, PA 19380-4055

Western Brewer Journals Sponsors

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John Devolder
Scott Reich
Jim Starkman
Dale Van Wieren
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Larry Beauchamp
Wilson Bloom
Carl Flaks
David Helman
Steven Kieckhafer
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Larry Moter Jr.
Rick Natter
Reino Ojala
Ronald Parks
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Jeff Preston
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Scott Reich
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Mark Benbow
Paul Cervenka
Peter Clure
Keith Dionne
Fred J. Gitner
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Rich Horrocks
James Kaiser
Jim Keyes
John Kieran
Kevin Kious
David Libby
Stan Loula
John Medkeff
Tom Muller
Robert Musson
Richard J. Ober Jr.
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Charles Palka
Chris Pastor
Merle Shawd
Russ Truettner
Darrell Zwick

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