The Neville Public Museum

Agriculture to Tavern Culture | The Art History and Science of Beer

Exhibit Opens: 14-Jun-2014
Exhibit Ends: 26-Oct-2014

the Neville Public Museum taps into one of Wisconsin’s celebrated identities, beer. The Agriculture to Tavern Culture exhibit invites you on a fermented voyage from grain to glass, as we celebrate the art, history and science of beer. Beer’s journey began on the continent of Asia at least 10,000 years ago, when ancient farmers discovered nature's carbonated cocktail by accident. That fermented beverage made from harvested grain, became the lubricant that fueled an agricultural revolution across the planet. In Wisconsin beer began to flow by the 1830s, when intrepid northern European immigrants brought with them a tradition and taste for ale and lager. It was therefore no coincidence that those immigrant farmers planted their fields with barley and hops. Combined with an ideal climate and an endless supply of fresh water, the result was a beer brewing bonanza that endures to the present. 

Today, beer continues to play a significant role in our culture, whether it’s in the local tavern with friends, at a sporting event, at family gatherings, or even at religious festivals. The beer industry supports agriculture, fuels jobs, and even forms identity. Therefore, every time we take a sip of beer, we are literally imbibing our fermented past, and it is a good reason to give a toast to this beloved beverage in Agriculture to Tavern Culture | The Art History and Science of Beer at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County. Cheers!

Agriculture to Tavern Culture is sponsored by the Byron L. Walter Family Trust, Green Bay Packaging, Inc., Schneider National Foundation, the Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Travel. Thanks also to the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, the K.C. Stock Foundation, Dr. Richard and Ellen Horak, the Green Bay Packers Foundation, the Kaap Charitable Trust, the Joseph & Sarah VanDrisse Trust, Diane and Patrick Ford, and Pomp’s Tire Service for their support. 

Programs are made possible by Titletown Brewing Company, Badger State Brewing Company LLC, Dean Distributing, Inc., Door County Brewing Company, Ridgeview Liquor, and Potosi Brewing Company.  Exhibit supporters include Brent Weycker of Titletown Brewing Co., Badger State Brewing Co., Jon Huntington, HEM Productions, Digital Design Services, and Strawberry Fields Design.

Agriculture to Tavern Culture will run from June 14, 2014 through October 26, 2014.

Museum Hours

September-May

  • Tue-Sat: 9am-5pm
  • Sun: Noon-5pm
  • First Wednesday of every month: 9am-8pm

June-August

  • Tue-Sat: 10am-6pm 
  • Sun: Noon-5pm
  • First Wednesday of every month: 10am-8pm