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Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives


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What is OHBA?

In summer 2013, the OSU Libraries & Press' Special Collections & Archives Research Center (SCARC) established the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives (OHBA) to preserve the story of hop production and the craft brewing movement in Oregon. OHBA is the first archive in the United States dedicated to preserving and telling the intertwined story of hops and beer. It is a project that documents all facets of the craft brewing industry and unites the social and cultural aspects of brewing with the sciences of OSU. Learn more about our mission.

Hops and Brewing is a history worth saving

As you stroll through the aisles of your favorite grocery store admiring all the choices, you might wonder "how did all these breweries start?" Beer in the 19th century was a local endeavor and American brewers cultivated a local market, selling to customers who lived around the corner or a few miles away. We see this in our present day with an emphasis on local ingredients and personal connections between customer, grower, and brewer. Read more about the journey from 19th century hop field to 21st century craft.

Take Pride in Brewing History and be a Part of OHBA

At its core, OHBA is a community archiving project: we have the opportunity to work with the people who changed the face of an industry and set in motion a movement! We are actively seeking materials pertaining to brewing history. What types of materials are we looking for? OHBA is seeking unique, historic, or rare items of enduring value deemed worthy of long-term preservation. These could be items that document the past, but also items that convey the current brewing scene to someone in the future. Find out how you can contribute to OHBA.

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