Beer nerds from all around will be competing soon for the ultimate job opportunity in all of beer nerdery: Beer Historian for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The museum has just created the position, advertising the job in a recent press release in which its outlines its “new initiative on American brewing history.” The soon-to-be-hired professional brewskie historian who spearheads this campaign is expected to conduct archival field research, which probably means tasting a ton of beer, as well as some other less awesome, albeit integral, science-y stuff.
Why does the Smithsonian want to take on this initiative in the first place? Well, the museum already has a wide chronicle of beer history dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but has relatively little information about beer culture post-1960s. The craft beer boom that America experienced in the past few decades is no secret, especially given the 4,269 craft breweries that have cropped up, so it makes sense for the Smithsonian to want to catch up on recent, and relatively prolific, beer history.
Meaning, if you’re an exceptional beer nerd yourself and you’re also looking for a job, check out the official job listing. Applications are due by August 10th.