Nothing gets people as excited as a job where they get to drink beer for a living. Need proof? Last week, when the Smithsonian Institute announced it was looking to hire a “beer historian” for the National Museum of American History, digital media nearly lost its collective hivemind. Every news outlet was talking about it. And as someone who regularly writes about beer, everyone I know was sending me the links.
But what does a beer historian really do? You know, outside of definitely not drinking beer all day every day (sorry to disappoint you all).
Well, who better to answer that question than the Smithsonian itself? Buoyed by the excitement surrounding its initial announcement, Smithsonian.com has done us all a favor, publishing its own article entitled “What Does a Beer Historian Do?” “The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines,” the site wrote. “But what does the job actually entail?”