Liberating Libations: Decolonizing Beer in the U.S. South

Authors: Joshua Merced*, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Topics: Historical Geography, United States, Wine
Keywords: US South, craft beer, brewing, colonization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper (re)constructs the historical narrative of craft brewing in the U.S. South. The navigation of physical and social migration of brewing and consumption across the United States allow us to analyze the regional fight against climate, colonization, and politics through craft beer participation. The craft beer industry in the 19th Century U.S. South was a fusion of the colonial expansion of English style brewing and the restrictive practice of African brew culture. By reweaving the fabric of U.S. craft beer culture to incorporate the account of African influence, we’re able to develop a clearer understanding of how brewing operates in a place of privilege, and the prospects of a reemerging identity in the craft.

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