Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair(s)

Leonard Rosenband


David Lewis


Bradford Cole


Embedded within the economic narrative of the nineteenth and twentieth century American West lays the rich, but frequently forgotten, history of brewing in Utah. While most businesses in Utah centered on agriculture, railroads, and mining, the breweries of Utah also played a significant role in the industrial and economic development of the region. One of the largest and most significant of these breweries was the Becker Brewing and Malting Company of Ogden, Utah. Founded in 1892, this company deeply affected the brewing industry until its dissolution in 1965. Many of the original records kept by the company still exist and reveal in depth the evolution of brewing in Utah and its economic importance to the Great Basin region. This paper will attempt to place the Becker Brewing and Malting Company in the historical narrative of brewing in Utah, and analyze how aspects of labor, prohibition, and finance affected the company.

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