Bottoms Up - book signing & movie sneak preview


Location: The Miller Inn. Miller-Coors Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI.
"Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars &
Breweries" (Hardcover: $29.95, ISBN: 978-0-87020-498-2)
celebrates Wisconsin's taverns and the breweries that fueled
them. Beginning with inns and saloons, the book explores
the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance
and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and
morality. It traces the development of the megabreweries,
dominance of the giants, and the emergence of
microbreweries. Contemporary photographs of unusual and
distinctive bars and breweries of all eras, historical photos,
postcards, advertisements, and breweriana illustrate the
story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing - and the
place that bars and beer hold in our social and cultural
Seventy featured taverns and breweries represent diverse
architectural styles, from the open-air Tom's Burned Down Cafe on Madeline Island to the
Art Moderne Casino in La Crosse, and from Club 10, a 1930s roadhouse in Stevens Point, to
the well-known Wolski's Tavern in Milwaukee. There are bars in barns and basements and
brewpubs in former ice cream factories and railroad depots. "Bottoms Up" also includes a
heady mix of such beer-related topics as ice harvesting, barrel making, bar games, Old-
Fashioneds, bar fixtures, and the queen of the bootleggers.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing the best of
Wisconsin history and culture, since 1855
About the authors:
Jim Draeger is an architectural historian and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at
the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than twenty-five years of historic preservation
experience. From roadside architecture to Northwoods resorts, Draeger celebrates the
importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing, and
Mark Speltz is a senior historian at American Girl and recently completed a master's
degree in public history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He previously worked as
an independent researcher on exhibits for museums, including the Ellis Island Immigration
Museum, and has written several articles for the "Wisconsin Magazine of History."
Mark Fay of Eau Claire has completed six book projects for the Wisconsin Historical Society
Press. He also has worked as an aerial photographer and a staff photographer for a postcard and calendar printing company and has been in business as Faystrom Photo since 1996.