Pour yourself a pint, this museum is hiring a 'beer historian'

Drinking on the job is usually frowned upon, but one distinguished museum is making suds an essential part of a new position.

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Drinking on the job is now required, if you're a beer know-it-all.

The National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., is looking to hire a beer expert to conduct research for a new project called the American Brewing History Initiative.

The job title sounds like every day would be a Friday night, but the position calls for a true beer historian with a deep knowledge of American business, food, culture and brewing (or a similar specialization). The museum is searching for someone who can write and conduct interviews at a scholarly level -- not just have deep love for downing cold ones.

"The job will involve developing a plan and conducting research, doing a lot of writing for various digital and print media, doing a lot of public speaking, collecting of objects and documents, working with staff to develop public programs, and a lot of other museum-related duties," curator Paula Johnson told The Huffington Post.

Should you choose to summon your liquid courage and apply, the three-year position pays $64,650 a year plus benefits, according to the official job listing (PDF). You have until August 10 to apply.

The museum already has several collections of objects and documents related to brewing and beer consumption dating from the 1870s to the 1960s. Over the next three years, the goal is to explore "how beer and beer history connect to larger themes in American history," the museum says on its website.

Seems like there might not be much time for that beer flight, but if suds are your true passion, this gig might just be ideal.

And maybe it's time to revisit those beer-pong skills.