The Black Creek Growler

One of the wonderful things (I think) about living history museums is that they teach things that you can’t necessarily learn from books. Of course, books are our bread and butter when we’re learning about history, but actually seeing the clothing, feeling the weight of an iron, hearing the blacksmith clanging, and smelling the wort boiling—that gives knowledge of a very different type.

It’s a more personal perspective on history. Research is absolutely essential for setting up the framework and building a background base of knowledge, but living the history, whether for hours or years, connects you to it on a very human level. And what you connect to, you remember.

My knowledge of beer comes partly from books and articles, partly from touring other breweries, partly from listening to Ed and my fellow Beer Experts, and partly from watching Ed work. Reading the books means I’m always learning…

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