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5/12/2004 Microbrew culture to be examined in Linfield anthropology exhibit

McMINNVILLE ? An exhibit exploring the history of brewing, "The Passion of the Craft, The Microbrew Culture of the Pacific Northwest," will on display in Nicholson Library at Linfield College May 19-31.

The exhibit will explain why the brewing and consumption of beer has been an important aspect of many cultures. It will trace the beginning of brewing from ten thousand years ago with the domestication of cereal grains such as barley, wheat and rye in the Middle East to modern day with the focus on the emergence of microbreweries in the Pacific Northwest. The display will showcase keg shells, barrels, barley, hops, a live hop plant, a home brewing kit, historic photos and a wooden pub backdrop.

Brewers from throughout the Pacific Northwest have contributed to the exhibit including Golden Valley Brewery, McMenamins Concordia Brewery at Kennedy School, Rogue Ales Brewery and Redhook Ale Brewery.

The exhibit is based on the idea of Lillian Read, a senior anthropology major, for her honors thesis project in the Linfield anthropology class "Museums: Exhibiting Cultures," taught by Joel Marrant, professor of anthropology. Read, the teaching assistant for the class, and her classmates have been responsible for assembling and creating the exhibit as a learning experience for the class.

"My inspiration came from two study abroad experiences that I had," said Read, who has spent a January Term and semester in Ireland. "When I got back to the U.S. I spent a lot of time reflecting on pub culture and the socialization that happens in pub atmospheres."

The exhibit also aims to inform and educate individuals about their social responsibilities as beer drinkers.

?The microbrewing industry has strong cultural, historical and economic ties to the Pacific Northwest,? said Read. ?This makes it a great vehicle for conveying the positive social values of beer brewing and consumption.?

The exhibit will be located in the alcove to the left of the front circulation desk in Nicholson Library and is free and open to the public during library hours. For more information contact Read, lread@linfield.edu, or Marrant, jmarrant@linfield.edu.