Raise a Glass: Muskegon’s Love of Beer Goes Deeper Than You Think.

An ice cold beer is just as much a part of Muskegon as the snow. Turns out, brewing reflects a pivotal part of this city’s past, as evident by Lakeshore Museum Center’s (LMC’s) latest exhibit: Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon running December 6, 2019 to May 18, 2020.

“We often think of brewing beer in Muskegon as a more recent development, but breweries have actually existed here since the 1860s. With the different breweries in our county today having such a huge impact on Muskegon, it seemed like a natural fit to connect Muskegon’s brewing history to the present,” said Aaron Mace, Assistant Program Manager at the Historic Sites.

From its start in the 1860s, fighting through the era of Prohibition and the recent revival in 2013, beer is ingrained into Muskegon history. The Muskegon Brewing Company was one of the largest breweries in Michigan. Visitors can drink in the story of the beer “that made Muskegon famous” with authentic beer recipes and artifacts. Adults can uncover the science of brewing, an immersive mock bar setup, or sniff out beer ingredients at the smell station while underaged youngsters can take a crack at creating the soda pop labels that became popular in the era of Prohibition.

“To say that this exhibit is just about beer is an understatement. The story is much greater than just a drink. It is one that tells of the tradition, creativity, and passion that the Muskegon County community infuses into everything,” added Kate Curto, LMC’s exhibit director.

To uncap this new exhibit, LMC will raise a glass on the exhibit’s opening night December 6 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Both Mace and Kurto look forward to celebrating with the public, enjoying light snacks and a cash bar. Attendance is free and exclusive souvenirs combining the brewing exhibit and
LMC’s “Moxie the Mastodon” will also be available.

Crack open a cold one opening night, or celebrate brewing during the museum’s regular hours Monday-Friday 9:30am–4pm or Saturdays from noon-4pm. For more information, contact Aaron Mace at​ ​or call (231) 724-5534.

About Lakeshore Museum Center
Since 1937, the Lakeshore Museum Center has explored, preserved, and interpreted the history of Muskegon County through historic exhibits, education and cultural-based programs, and special events and presentations for all ages. The Center is comprised of multiple sites and buildings including the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.