Join us on Saturday, October 17 at 2pm for a program on Kansas brewers and breweries! As settlers streamed into Kansas, brewers set up their mash tuns and wort kettles when making beer was still an art and state prohibition was a bemusing notion. A reassuring fixture in German communities, Kansas’ over 90 breweries fueled social events and made brewers one of the most influential citizens in town. In “Kansas Brewers and Breweries,” Cindy Higgins discusses the brewers of early Kansas, their role in their communities, and their influence on today’s Kansas brewers.
“Predominantly German, the first Kansas brewers were more than beer makers,” Higgins said. “They were culture custodians and entertainment sponsors who fostered a sense of community within the state’s many German enclaves.”
Cindy Higgins is a journalist and Kansas historian whose research interests focus on Kansas industry before technological mechanization dramatically changed work and labor in the early 20th century.