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Here is how you can earn Sh6.5m just for drinking

Have you ever imagined earning up to Sh6.5 million a year just for drinking on the job?

Well, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History may just be the place for you.

The museum has invited applications for what they call an official beer historian whose job will be to travel the US on an all-expenses-paid trip tasting and documenting the different frothy stuff on offer.

The application deadline for the job, which Fox News has termed a “career opportunity of a lifetime for sudsy sippers, is on August 10.


The successful candidate, who will be hired on a three-year contract, will be based in Washington, DC.

“As American brewing continues to expand and change, and our understanding of the role of beer in American history deepens, the museum is uniquely positioned to document the stories of American brewers,” the museum said in its advert for the job.

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest research and museum complex.

It said it was not just looking for someone to be literally drinking on the job, it also wanted the person to “go beyond the glass.”


“The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in history, American studies, or a related field, as well as evidence of scholarly research,” the museum said, thought it did not specifically state what nationality the brewing historian should be, only emphasizing on their knowledge of the American beer history.

This is a partnership between the museum and the Brewers Association, which last year documented the highest increase of brewers in the history of US.

The association said that the number of breweries in the US grew by 15 per cent, totalling 4,269 breweries — the most at any time in American history.

In the 2015 study, the association said that there were 2,397 microbreweries, 1,650 brewpubs and 178 regional craft breweries.


The brewer historian the association and the museum hopes to recruit will travel to the 178 craft breweries tasting beers.

The lucky historian will write articles, gather archive material and conduct research into the history of food and drink for use in exhibits, the AFP reported.

So big was the interest in the job that the application site crashed after the news about the job went out, the global news media said.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have been looking at the offer. The job has made a lot of noise because people are very excited that we are interested in something that concerns them [so] much,” Susan Evans, the Smithsonian’s director of Food History Programmes, told AFP.

And for a job that pays you handsomely to drink, the interest can only be too much.