Brown Bag 2014: Ronnenberg to discuss breweries Aug. 6

GRANGEVILLE — Grab a lunch and head over to the local museum for Grangeville’s Brown Bag program starting Wednesday, Aug. 6, and running through Sept. 24.

These free historical lectures and slide shows are sponsored by the Bicentennial Historical Museum. All are located at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room at 305 N. College Street, Grangeville starting at noon. Visitors are invited to bring a lunch and drink and sit in on the sessions. Coffee and lemonade will be served.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, Dr. Herman Ronnenberg will present a program entitled “Idaho County Breweries.”

“While many men toiled over rock veins in the mountains of Idaho seeking a fortune from golden metal flakes, others toiled in towns over boiling kettles turning flakes of malted barley into a golden elixir they hoped would make their fortune,” Ronnenberg wrote.

Dr. Ronnenberg is the author of “Beer and Brewing in the Inland Northwest.” He has also published “The Beer Baron of Boise: the Life of John Lemp, Millionaire Brewer of Frontier Idaho” (2008). He has written many articles on brewing in the Inland Northwest and has an extensive collection of “Idaho breweriana” (brewing antiques) at his home which he loves to show to visitors. Ronnenberg has contributed several historic articles that have been printed in the museum’s journal, Echoes of the Past.

Upcoming Brown Bag events are as follows:

Aug. 13: What Is An Appraisal with Marcia Heaton of Grangeville

Aug. 20: Salmon River Fires with John Sangster of Grangeville

Aug. 27: Lycurgus Vineyard, His Confederate Service ot Idaho with Floyd Whitley of Cottonwood

Sept. 3: Homesteads of McComas Meadows with Eldene Wasem of Grangeville

Sept. 10: An 80-Year-Old Looks at Local Sports History with Dick Riggs of Lewiston

Sept. 17: White Bird History with Greg McNeely of Lewiston

Sept. 24: Flow Blue with Dick Southern of Craigmont

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