Over the past couple of years Tiah Edmunson-Morton has been spearheading an initiative at Oregon State University with its Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives (OHBA). As with many studies within a university setting the proper financial resources can be a challenge to properly run a program and reach it full potential. Now the OHBA led by Edmunson-Morton is in the midst of a fundraising campaign entitled “Growing the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives” with a goal of raising $5,000.00 by the end of October. To donate to OHBA please click here.
At just two years old, OHBA is laying the groundwork in archiving some of Oregon’s brewing history. This has been supplemented with highlighting OSU’s archival collections, learning more about OSU’s talented scientists, hosting researchers, working with the public, meeting with the community, and attending a wonderfully wide-variety of events and conferences.
OHBA have attracted state, national, and international attention and the organization has been featured in publications as varied as Draft Magazine and Library Journal, as well as on radio programs such as Think Out Loud and Beer Radio.
Here are some of the highlights from Edmunson-Morton during the past two years of OHBA.
Establishing robust (and growing) collections for the Oregon Hop Growers Association, McMenamins, Ninkasi Brewing, and the Heart of the Valley Homebrewers.
Conducting oral histories and interviews with amazing pioneers and influential industry people like Fred Eckhardt, Dr. Alfred Haunold, Fred Bowman, Irene Firmat, John Foyston, and Blake Crosby.
Participating in public events like the OMSI After Dark Brewfest, which included a presentation in the planetarium (!), and PSU’s Archaeology Roadshow, which included a brewing collaboration with Hopworks Urban Brewery on a pre-Prohibition lager.
Being a partner in “OSU is All Things Beer,” and co-hosting a booth with OSU’s Beer and Cider Sessions and Fermentation Sciences at the 2015 Craft Beer Conference.
Working with the talented Hopstories filmmakers on the “OHBA Stories” video.
But there is still work to be done and your support will help OHBA grow these collections, connect with communities, and promote the great work at OSU. It is now time to take this program to the next level and with the additional financial support this can happen. This is a great opportunity for breweries and other players in the craft brewing industry to step up and help out OHBA by donating here.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.