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The Smithsonian is Seriously Hiring a Beer Historian

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Any beer aficionados out there looking for a new job? The Smithsonian may have just the thing for you.

The prominent museum posted a job announcement this past week for a historian/scholar to come work for its American Brewing History Initiative, which is part of the Smithsonian Food History Project. The initiative, which launched this past May, is aimed to help preserve America’s history of brewing and beer industry.


Funded by the Brewers Association, the position will focus mainly on the craft brew industry. Duties of the historian position include working on “archival and field research,” which sounds a lot like getting paid to travel around the country, visiting historic breweries and collecting awesome bottles. This could very well be the dream job of beer fans everywhere.

The position is a three-year appointment and pays $64,650 (plus benefits!), so we’re guessing there’s going to be a strong number of applicants. Applications will be accepted through August 10, so there’s still time to apply.

The bad news? You’ll need more than just an extensive knowledge of beer to make the cut. The Smithsonian says it’s looking for candidates with “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,” as well as “an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization.”

Don’t have the right qualifications? Start reading up on the history of beer by type to begin working on your brew knowledge or take this beer quiz to test how much you already know.

For more information on how to apply, check out the original job posting.

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