History A-Brewin’: Vancouver Brewing History

Clark County Historical Museum is taking its First Thursday Speaker Series to Vancouver’s Loowit Brewing Company, 507 Columbia Street, for “History A-Brewin’: Vancouver Brewing History.” This free event will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

This presentation will serve as a public introduction to the museum’s upcoming exhibit, opening in January 2020, celebrating Clark County’s extensive brewing history and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of prohibition.

CCHM Executive Director and event moderator Brad Richardson will begin the program by offering a brief overview of Vancouver’s brewing history with a focus on Lucky Lager Brewery and Great Western Malting. The program will then transition to a panel presentation featuring locals associated with these organizations and brewing in Clark County. Presenters include Sue Abbott, Carl Mullen Jr., Bryan Shull, and Tim Starkey.

Sue Abbott is the logistics manager for Great Western Malting, having been with the company’s Vancouver site for 36 years.

Carl Mullen Jr. began working for Vancouver’s Lucky Lager in 1972, filling the role of executive vice president. Mullen later assumed the role of president and was with the company until the Vancouver site closed in 1985.

Bryan Shull is the owner-operator of Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver. His grandfather and father made their careers at Great Western Malting, where Shull also worked for a time during college.

Tim Starkey worked in the operations portion of Lucky Lager for four years, and was present when the Vancouver location closed in the mid-1980s.

The CCHM First Thursday Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as it is first-come, first-served seating.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or events@cchmuseum.org.

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