Enjoy an exclusive look at our collections, with a focus on items related to our upcoming exhibition, Beer Here! Back in the gold rush, saloons weren’t just saloons. They were post offices, restaurants, hotels, and social clubs. But somebody decided alcohol was the source of society’s ills, so Colorado banned it—four years before Prohibition. By the ’70s, beer was big business again—really big business. And today, homebrewers have gone pro. Now Colorado’s in a craft beer boom.