Museums are fun places to visit. We have so many museums all over the world and in the United States. There are lots of types of museums, from art museums like the Met in NYC, to history museums like the Smithsonian and the Museum of Natural History. Then there are more silly museums like the Mustard Museum (spicy brown, what else is there?), the Spy Museum (if you can find it), the Toilet Museum (it’s a stinker) and the Big Foot Museum (another hard to find one).
That brings us to the point of the comic this time around. Currently, there is no official museum for Beer. I mean how is that is even possible? Beer has been in human history for over 10,000 years, and yet no place has been built to tell its story…
There are three guys from Pittsburgh about to change that. Joe McAllister, Matt Sherwin, and Denis Meinert want to build a 50,000 sq. foot building dedicated to telling the story of beer. They estimated that if they when and built it, over 400,000 people will visit annually. If you build it, they will come.
The museum will have a restaurant, a bar and event space with tons of interactive exhibits and a gift shop of course. They also plan to have a brewery on site and yes, what’s a beer museum if they didn’t have tons of different beers there?
Right now they are running some crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Their goal is 50,000. 50k is not going to build anything according to Joe they project will probably cost close to 30 million. but this 50k they raise will go towards hiring internationally known experts who have created experiences like The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, The Coca-Cola Experience in Atlanta, the 9/11 Museum in New York, The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse in Louisville, etc.
As with any crowdfund, they are giving away shirts, hats and other stuff. If all goes to plan, they will break ground somewhere in Pittsburgh. But, it will be a long time before any of us can go visit what sounds like a great idea for a museum.
It’s worth noting, that we DO have other beer museums out there. But nothing as fun as the Pittsburgh trio is planning. Currently, the National Brewery Museum in Wisconsin exists, but it’s strictly historical and about old American breweries that no longer exist. There is also the Chicago Brewseum, but that is also in the funding stage which will be a museum about the history of beer in Chicago. Neither of these are even close to the large scale, interactivity planned for Pittsburgh.
If you have time or a spare buck, check out their crowd funding page brewmuseum.com and help them out. One day we can all grab a beer and actually learn something about that beer at the same time.