A new seasonal exhibit is on tap at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The exhibit, entitled DuBREWque: Tapping into Dubuque’s Brewing History, will explore the city’s rich history of beer making, dating back to the mid-19th century. DuBREWque will be open on the second floor of the Mississippi River Center from Feb. 7 – April 22, and is free with general admission. Members will get an exclusive early preview of the exhibit on Feb. 6.
Dubuque has always been a city full of true beer lovers. Its early settlers brought strong brewing traditions with them to the Key City and those traditions live on today. DuBREWque will immerse visitors in Dubuque’s rich brewing history through a host of interactive experiences. Learn how beer was once touted as a health drink. See just how many breweries Dubuque once had. Find out what happened to the local beer scene when federal law prohibited alcohol sales during Prohibition. Race a friend to see who can fill a mug of beer the fastest! Pause to take a selfie in a recreated 1900s bar, or see the wide array of ingredients that brewers use to create traditional and innovative brews.
The Museum & Aquarium is partnering with 7-Hills Brewery to host several “Hoppy Hour” events during DuBREWque’s run. For $10/person, these after-hours events include admission to the DuBREWque exhibit, beer tasting with 7-Hills Brewery, and a commemorative DuBREWque pint glass. Hoppy Hour events are scheduled from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 15, March 15, and April 19. A cash bar will also be available. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend these events.