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McMenamins Brewery Collection, 1985-2013

Collection Overview

Title: McMenamins Brewery Collection, 1985-2013

ID: MSS McMenamins

Primary Creator: McMenamins Brewery

Extent: 3.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The McMenamins Brewery Collection consists of materials documenting the McMenamins company of breweries, pubs, and hotels.

Scope and Content Notes

The McMenamins Brewery Collection is made up of brewsheets, brochures, coasters, decals, digital images on a cd, event programs, flyers, newspaper clippings, tap handles, posters, labels, a wooden cask, and a six-pack of "Hammerhead" beer.

In addition to the brewery activity and the various beers released by McMenamins, this collection also contains information on events organized by the company such as homebrew competitions and Brew Fests. The cask held in the collection was used at the Oak Hills Pub and is decorated with a pen drawing. The collection's images depict the installation of artwork at some of the facilities renovated and operated by McMenamins and include views of the artists in group shots and in the process of their art.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The McMenamins chain of breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs was founded in 1985 when brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin opened the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in southwest Portland. Both are Oregon State University graduates, Mike in 1974 and Brian in 1980. Each individual brewery has its own name and distinctive art decorations, often linked directly to the history of the building in which it is located. Additionally, several of the McMenamins businesses are in renovated buildings included in the National Historic Register of Places.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 cubic foot box, 1 16x20 oversize box, 1 document box, and 1 cask.

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: More information pertaining to the history of brewing and hop growing in Oregon can be found in the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives.

Preferred Citation: McMenamins Brewery Collection (MSS McMenamins), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.


McMenamins Brewery

People, Places, and Topics

Hops and Brewing
McMenamins Brewery
Natural Resources
University History

Forms of Material

Born digital.

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