The Smithsonian Is Looking for A Beer Historian

Forgot the hedgehogs! You can now get a job as a “beer historian,” so put on your best lederhosen and update your resume!

If only they could find a way of combining hedgehogs and beer…beyond turning hedgehogs into beer…

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. is looking for such a person. And just to be clear, I said “beer historian,” not “beer tester.”

It would be hard to research brewing history without the occasional tasting,” said museum curator Paula Johnson, in a released statement.

But we are not looking for a beer taster—we are looking to hire an experienced historian with a specialization in business, brewing, food or cultural history...The job will involve developing a plan and conducting research, doing a lot of writing for various digital and print media, doing a lot of public speaking, collecting of objects and documents, working with staff to develop public programs, and a lot of other museum-related duties.

But, yes, the successful candidate still gets to drink.

And yes, even though they literally just made up the job, there’s bound to be some Catch-22 clause about somehow being qualified for it.

The official job listing explains:

The successful candidate will have proven experience in scholarly research, organizing and conducting oral history interviews, writing for both scholarly and general audiences, and knowledge of material culture and archival materialsCandidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history are encouraged to apply.

And to think you all laughed at my history degree way back then…

So yeah, don’t apply if your only qualification is that you frequent bars.


This Jersey Boy's a graduate of Rutgers University, but his heart will always belong to his hometown of Manhattan. And it's pronounced "Wit-2"...maybe, I should trademark that...