Yet another event begins at the Farm this weekend!
On Saturday, January 18th, Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market begins New Year's Old Beers - a celebration of all things beer!
Obviously, there will be plenty of antique and vintage beer bottles & cans, brewery mirrors & signs, beer lights & neon signs, mugs & steins, matchbooks & other brewing advertising ephemera, bottle openers & beer trays, and other breweriana.
As beer culture is closely tied to taverns, saloons, and bars (as well as casinos, the mob, dance halls, soiled doves, prohibition, & political campaigns), there will likely be an assortment of vintage advertising ashtrays & other tobacciana collectibles - and who knows that else our vendors will bring in!
Not only will our vendors be stocking their booths and cases with fresh items specifically for this major beer collector event, but our entryway will be decorated with so many beer items, you might feel a bit tipsy with glee!
The week-long celebration culminates on Friday, January 24th (which is Beer Can Appreciation Day, honoring the day beer was first sold in cans back in 1935) and Saturday, January 25th with book signing events!
Local author Alicia Underlee Nelson, of Prairie Style File, will be signing copies of her book, North Dakota Beer: A Heady History.
Before North Dakota obtained statehood and entered the Union as a dry state, the region's commercial beer industry thrived. A lengthy era of temperance forced locals to find clever ways to get a beer, such as crossing the Montana and Minnesota borders for a pint, smuggling beer over the rails and brewing at home. After Prohibition, the state's farmers became national leaders in malting barley production, serving the biggest brewers in the world. However, local breweries struggled until 1995, when the first wave of brewpubs arrived on the scene. A craft brewing renaissance this century led to an explosion of more than a dozen craft breweries and brewpubs in less than a decade. Alicia Underlee Nelson recounts North Dakota's journey from a dry state to a booming craft beer hub.
North Dakota Beer Book Signing Dates & Times at Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market:
Whether you're an official beer collector, a local North Dakota history buff, or just a fan of beer, you won't want to miss this event!
See you at the Farm - skol!