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Beers Over Texas: The Historic Diffusion and Distribution of Brewers in Texas

Authors: Samantha Valencia*, Stephen F. Austin State University, Kaitlin Stewart, Colleague
Topics: Historical Geography, Food Systems
Keywords: Texas, Beer, Historical Geography
Session Type: Paper
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Beer consumption has been an ample part of American society since the 1600’s when the first commercial brewery was opened in Manhattan. Gradually with the influx of European immigrants the brewing industry has grown exponentially and flourished into the internationally recognized trade it is today. By 1870 in Texas, about 300 brewers had been established and these crafted continental European styles because of diffusion associated with mass migration. Using the 1880 and 1910 industrial censuses, this paper will follow the diffusion of beer brewing styles in Texas and compare the growth of the brewing industry between the two census years. In addition, this research will lead to the creation a map of the places of origin for brewers in Texas and the “beer regions” of Texas. Each region will highlight main breweries and their stories and focus on a dominant beer city or cities in the region.

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