Talk of Iowa
Thu June 7, 2012
"Suds," Brewing History of the Quad Cities
This Sunday, a new exhibit opens at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, called "Suds." The Quad Cities has a long and glorious brewery legacy. This hour, we'll find out about the exhibit, which describes the breweries and taverns that operated in the area during the 19th century and the saloons where settlers gathered for their favorite brands. The second-largest private beer can collector in America lives the Quad Cities and many of his 25,000 cans are on display. "Suds" also features material on how Prohibition affected local brewery traditions and the lives of working-class women. Guests are Kelly Lao of the Center; Merle Vastine, Quad Cities collector of brewery ephemera; Prof. Jane Simonsen of Augustana College; and Bob King of "Films of the Golden Age" in Muscatine.