From the time William Hodson opened the "Janesville Brewery" in the mid 1840s until Esser's Brewery closed their doors in 1940, Janesville was home to 16 different breweries. Breweries played a central role in Janesville's social and industrial fabric as it grew from a small outpost of 800 people in 1835 to more than 22,000 people in 1940. Robert Bier will provide an overview of each brewery and share photographs, maps, and artifacts from this era along with interesting anecdotes about the colorful brewers who worked to quench a city's thirst. Registration & payment is due by Friday, May 19. Lunch provided; program begins at 1pm.
Janesville Senior Center - 69S Water St - Janesville, WI 53545
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