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The book, Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries, celebrates Wisconsin's taverns and the breweries that fueled them. Authors Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz explore the rise of taverns and breweries, and the effects of temperance and Prohibition. In addition, the book traces the development of the megabreweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries. Photos and documentary illustrate the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing and the place that bars and beers hold in our social and cultural history. There are bars in barns and basements, and brewpubs in former ice cream factories and railroad depots. Any Wisconsin history buff or beer enthusiast will enjoy this book.
Mark Speltz is a historian at American Girl and is completing a master's degree in history with a specialization in public history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has worked as an independent researcher on exhibits for museums, including the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and is active with several museums in Mineral Point, where he lives with his wife, Kari.