The history of beer and brewing has flourished in recent years, as indicated by the amount of peer-reviewed literature on the topic and the Smithsonian’s hiring (with funds from the Brewers’ Association) of a “beer historian” at the National Museum of American History. The American and global interest in craft beer has spurred this push for new scholarship. And, indeed, a significant amount of literature has been produced on this more recent cultural moment. In this panel, however, we aim to explore topics that preceded the craft beer craze. Our papers are designed to speak about some of the overlooked aspects of brewing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the roles of women and families in brewing, the relationship between breweries and their communities large and small, and the science behind the hop varieties found in beer. Each paper overlaps in a variety of manners. Eliza Canty-Jones (editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly) will lead the discussion from Portland — which the suds-adoring locals often refer to as Beervana.