‘Untold Detroit: Beer’ Dives into The History of The City’s Brewing Scene

The series is the Detroit Historical Society’s first podcast
Untold Detroit: Beer
Image courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

The Detroit Historical Society is exploring the local beer scene with a new podcast. Untold Detroit: Beer, now available to stream on all major podcast platforms, explores the history of brewing in the city through a range of interviews with leaders in the local beer industry, brewing experts, and Detroit historians.

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Untold Detroit: Beer is hosted by Billy Wall-Winkel, pictured above. // Photograph courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

Hosted by Billy Wall-Winkel, an assistant curator and oral historian for the Detroit Historical Society, the podcast covers Detroit brewing from before French colonization to modern-day happenings in the metro Detroit beer community. The first season features six episodes and includes interviews with individuals such as Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewing; John Stroh, chairman and CEO of The Stroh Companies Inc.; Annett May, a female-certified cicerone who has worked in the craft beer industry for 25 years; and Dave Engbers, co-founder and president of Founders Brewing Co.

Untold Detroit: Beer is the Detroit Historical Society’s first podcast. “We’re excited to delve into the world of podcasting and expand our museum-based tradition of storytelling into the digital space,” says Elana Rugh, CEO of the organization, in a press release.

The series — produced by Michigan Podcast Productions — complements the Detroit’s Brewing Heritage exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum. The exhibit, which is open on the lower level of the museum, explores the impact of local brewers like Stroh’s, Altes, and Goebel through vintage artifacts and photos. It also highlights more than 80 breweries and brewpubs that operate in the metro Detroit area today.

“This podcast gives fans of Detroit history a new way to learn,” says Seth Resler, co-founder of Michigan Podcast Productions, in a press release, “and it offers the museum a new way to engage with its patrons, especially during a time of social distancing.”

Listen to Untold Detroit: Beer on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.

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