Could You Be The Craft Beer Historian The Smithsonian Is Looking For?

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By Cooking Panda

Beer snobs: We might have found your dream job. Put down that pint and listen up.

It’s no secret that craft beer is becoming more and more popular — did you know that beer is the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverage around the world? According to the Ramirez Group, it is the third most popularly consumed beverage overall, trailing just behind water and tea.

On top of that, there are more craft breweries in America than there have been throughout any point in history. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that just about every institution is looking to incorporate ales, stouts and lagers into their programs. And some of these places are offering pretty sweet deals.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History — yes, that Smithsonian! — is looking to hire a beer historian and scholar for a three-year position, funded by the Brewers Association. According to curator Paula Johnson, you’ll need to be able to “focus and dedicate efforts towards research, documentation, and collecting American brewing history” for this arrangement to work, notes the Washington City Paper.

“We have collected food history for many years, so when we were doing the research for the exhibition, which is all about big changes in the post-WW II era in how and what we eat, one thing we were curious about is the craft beer movement,” Johnson said. “We were looking at wine, coffee, cheese, artisanal bread, and farmers markets. Well, this movement with small-scale, local regional beer is part of the ethos.”

The majority of the museum’s collections date back to the late 19th century and early 20th century, but the Smithsonian does not have a ton from the 1960s and beyond.

“The successful candidate will have proven experience in scholarly research, organizing and conducting oral history interviews, writing for both scholarly and general audiences, and knowledge of material culture and archival materials,” the job listing says.

Think you got what it takes? If you have an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, culture, or a similar historic specialization — plus you’re willing to travel, meet deadlines, and alternate between working both by yourself and with groups of people, you should totally get ready to jump ship at your day job and run as fast as you can to this position at the Smithsonian.

Interested? Find out more details about the listing here, you lucky beer nerd!

Sources: Washington City Paper, Ramirez Group / Photo credit: Thomas Quine/Flickr

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