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Pete Dunlop Papers, 1852-2020

By Alyssa Collins, Tiah Edmunson-Morton

Collection Overview

Title: Pete Dunlop Papers, 1852-2020

Predominant Dates: 1980-2020

ID: MSS Dunlop

Primary Creator: Dunlop, Pete

Extent: 8.7 gigabytes. More info below.

Arrangement: The Pete Dunlop Papers are arranged into four series: 1. Research Documents, 1985-1994; 2. Photographs, 1852-2013; 3. Oregonian Articles, 1903-2010; 4. Interview Materials, 2010-2013; 5. Pete Dunlop Blog, Beervana Buzz, 2011-2020.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2014

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Pete Dunlop Papers consists of both born digital materials and electronic copies, which were assembled by Dunlop in the course of researching and writing the book Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana. Dunlop is a Portland resident and has an active blog called Beervana Buzz where he talks about Oregon's micro breweries.

Scope and Content Notes

The Pete Dunlop Papers are residing in electronic form as Word, PDF, TIF, and JPG files, these materials are made up of articles from the Oregonian newspaper, digital images, transcribed interviews with people in the Portland brewing community, and documents relating to state Senate Bill 813, more commonly known as the Oregon brewpub bill. Beervana Buzz, a blog written by Dunlop, is included in this collection.

The collection's electronic articles are arranged in folders by decade and date from 1852 to 2010. The images consist of both published and unpublished photographs that include portrait shots of brewers as well as shots of artifacts such as coasters, Portland beer festivals, and restaurants connected with breweries. All images are protected by copyright and are not for publication without written permission of Dunlop.

Electronic records are available for use in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center reading room or upon request.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Pete Dunlop was raised in Eastern Washington and earned degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and History (MA) from Washington State University. Dunlop is a freelance writer, but has also worked in marketing communications and as a high school journalism teacher. A resident of Portland since 1989, Dunlop has maintained a longtime interest in homebrewing and publishes a blog, beervanabuzz.com. He also contributes to several publications, such as BeerAdvocate, Willamette Week, and the Oregon Beer Growler.

Author: Alyssa Collins and Tiah Edmunson-Morton

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 306 files, including approximately 103 digital images

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research. All photographs held in this collection are protected by copyright and are not for publication without written permission of Pete Dunlop.

Physical Access Note: This collection is accessible at the researcher terminal in the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center reading room.

Acquisition Note: Pete Dunlop donated the collection to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

Related Materials:

The Pete Dunlop Papers is complemented by the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives Oral History Collection (OH 35), which includes interviews from industry professionals, journalists and community members.

The Brewing and Fermentation Collection (MSS BFRC) consists of materials collected by the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center pertaining to the history, growth, and culture of the Pacific Northwest brewing industry, including regional hops and barley farming, commercial craft and home brewing, and craft cider and mead.

Further information regarding the values, logistics, and goals of the burgeoning regional brewing community can be found in organizational collections like the Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Records (MSS HOTV), McMenamins Brewery Collection (MSS McMenamins), and the Ninkasi Brewing Company Collection, 2012-2014 (MSS Ninkasi). The personal research collections of Fred Eckhardt (MSS Eckhardt), Denny Conn (MSS Conn), Fred Bowman (MSS Bowman), and Robert Daly (MSS Daly) contain additional information regarding the beer writing process and Portland-area beer culture.

Collections linked to Oregon State University research, as well as other manuscript collections are described on the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives research guide. More information pertaining to the history of hop growing and brewing in Oregon can be found on the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives website.

Preferred Citation: Pete Dunlop Papers (MSS Dunlop), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Dunlop, Pete

People, Places, and Topics

Beer--United States.
Beer industry--United States--History.
Brewing industry--Oregon.
Dunlop, Pete
Hops and Brewing
Microbreweries--United States.

Forms of Material

Born digital.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Research Documents, 1985-1994
Information on the Brewpub Bill and early use of the word "Beervana" to describe Portland.
Series 2: Photographs, 1852-2013
Photographs used in the book Portland Beer. There are published and unpublished pictures of beer bottles, people, flyers, and buildings.
Digital Folder 1: Photographs from Book, 1852-2009
Photographs used in the book Portland Beer, including pictures of beer bottles, people at events and gathering hops, flyers, pubs, and memorabilia.
Digital Folder 2: Unpublished Photographs, 1905-2013
Photographs that were collected for the book, but were not included. The photographs consist of beer bottles, cups, flyers, old photos, documents, and buildings.
Series 3: Oregonian Articles, 1903-2010
The series contains article clippings from the Oregonian that were used by Dunlop in writing the book Portland Beer. The clippings focus on alcohol in Oregon from the late 19th century to the repeal of Prohibition, World War II and alcohol, how the culture around alcohol changed, and the rise of craft brewing in Oregon.
Digital Folder 3: Articles, 1903-1908
Articles focus on the Anti Saloon League, petitions, boycotting dry counties, and Prohibition.
Digital Folder 4: Articles, 1914-1917
Articles focus on Dry Laws being passed, enforcing the laws, and the state going dry.
Digital Folder 5: Articles, 1922-1928
Articles focus on bootleg poisons and the 1928 elections.
Digital Folder 6: Articles, 1932-1939
Articles focus on end of Dry Law, rise of breweries, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Northwest Brewing company, Portland beer, beer war, and union unrest.
Digital Folder 7: Articles, 1941-1949
Articles focus on Blitz-Weinhard and beer shortages.
Digital Folder 8: Articles, 1951-1958
Articles focus on Anti-Liquor League, Blitz-Weinhard, Max H. Zimmerman, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and Brownson distributors.
Digital Folder 9: Articles, 1961-1968
Articles topics include Blitz-Weinhard expansion to compete with other companies like Coors and Bill Wessinger.
Digital Folder 10: Articles, 1975-1979
Articles topics include boycotting plaintiffs who are against new bottle and can deposit law. There are articles about Blitz-Weinhard new beers, plans, and competing with other major beer corporations. Article about Miller Brewing Company and Olympia Brewing Company trying for number 1 in the state.
Digital Folder 11: Articles, 1980-1987
Articles focus on breweries Blitz-Weinhard, Cartwright, Pabst, Ponzi, Widmer Brothers, Coors, and Blue Boar. The articles also looked at the beer wars, arrival of microbrewers, Red Hook Ale, Senate Bill 813, House Bill 2284, Coors Bill, Brewpub Bill, and the writer Fred Eckhardt.
Digital Folder 12: Articles, 1991-1999
Article topics include brewery development and expansion, branding, business buyouts, and community relations. Breweries include McMenamins, Norwester, Full Sail, Portland Brewing, Bridgeport, the Raccoon Lodge, Saxer, and Widmer.
Digital Folder 13: Articles, 2000-2010

Articles focus on chefs turned brewmasters, Jim Kennedy, American ales, growth of craft beer sales, Oregon Brewers Guild, organic beer, mergers, and opening/closing of breweries.

Breweries and brewpubs include McMenamins, Pyramid Breweries, Portland Brewing, Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Roots Brewing, Raccoon Lodge, and Widmer.

Series 4: Interview Materials, 2010-2013
Interviews conducted for the Portland Beer book. Alan Sprints, Art Larrance, Brian McMenamin, Chris Crabb, Dick and Nancy Ponzi, Fred Bowman, Gary Fish, Jeff Alworth, Jerry Fechter, John Foyston, John Harris, Karl Ockert, Kurt and Rob Widmer, Lisa Morrison, Paul Romain, and Tom Mason. There is also a transcript from DVD on the Bagdad presentation from History Pub.
Series 5: Pete Dunlop Blog, Beervana Buzz, 2011-2020
Beervana Buzz website was crawled in April 2020 using Archive-It. This website documents the full scope of Pete Dunlop's blog about breweries in Portland and the surrounding area. The captured and preserved website is available online.

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