Special Collections is pleased to note an interesting recent use of our map collection: to tell the story of beer in Washington. Literary journalist, independent historian, and GW Elliott School alum Garrett Peck has written a short history of the Washington Brewery at Navy Yard, making use of the map collection here.
Mr. Peck tells us, "Brewing has been a fundamental part of the history and culture of Washington, D.C. Beer was a staple, and brewing made potentially dangerous water potable. Brewers were once the second-largest employer in the city after the federal government." Peck described our map collection as wonderful and found it "neat n’ nerdy" to go through. This short history is a precursor to his new book, Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C., to be published in late February.