This issue of Brewery History
, edited by Professor Susan K. Appel
, is devoted to a historical exploration of an intriguing, if under examined, topic—American brewery architecture. These buildings were often the most impressive structures a US city possessed, both above and below ground. The first couple of articles explore the subterranean remains of lager cellars, vital spaces before the advent of artificial refrigeration. The third and fourth papers deal with two of the most important and prolific brewery architects, Edmund Jungenfeld and Otto C. Wolf. The final piece outlines the history of Potosi Brewery, Wisconsin, through its founding, expansion, decline and eventual restoration into a museum of brewing. It is hoped that together these articles will offer a broad introduction to a fascinating subject.