The United States of Beer: A Freewheeling History of the All-American Drink

The United States of Beer A Freewheeling History of the All American Drink From the author of Bourbon the definitive history Sacramento Bee comes the rollicking and revealing story of beer in America in the spirit of Salt or Cod In The United States of Beer Dane Huckelb

  • Title: The United States of Beer: A Freewheeling History of the All-American Drink
  • Author: Dane Huckelbridge
  • ISBN: 9780062389763
  • Page: 329
  • Format: ebook
  • From the author of Bourbon, the definitive history Sacramento Bee , comes the rollicking and revealing story of beer in America, in the spirit of Salt or Cod.In The United States of Beer, Dane Huckelbridge, the author of Bourbon A History of the American Spirit a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance bestseller charts the surprisingly fascinating history of AmericaFrom the author of Bourbon, the definitive history Sacramento Bee , comes the rollicking and revealing story of beer in America, in the spirit of Salt or Cod.In The United States of Beer, Dane Huckelbridge, the author of Bourbon A History of the American Spirit a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance bestseller charts the surprisingly fascinating history of Americans relationship with their most popular alcoholic beverage Huckelbridge shows how beer has evolved along with the country from a local and regional product once upon a time every American city has its own brewery and iconic beer brand to the rise of global mega brands like Budweiser and Miller that are synonymous with U.S capitalism.We learn of George Washington s failed attempt to brew beer at Mount Vernon with molasses instead of barley, of the 19th century Beer Barons like Captain Frederick Pabst, Adolphus Busch, and Joseph Schlitz who revolutionized commercial brewing and built lucrative empires and the American immigrant experience and of the advances in brewing and bottling technology that allowed beer to flow in the saloons of the Wild West Throughout, Huckelbridge draws connections between seemingly remote fragments of the American past, and shares his reports from the frontlines of today s craft brewing revolution.

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    1. This is an enjoyable book. It is sprightly, well written, and the author does not take the subject too seriously. The book is organized around different regions of the country and their predilections and contributions to the evolution of beer. Among regions considered: New England, New York and the Mod-Atlantic, the South, the Midwest, the West, and--finally--the West Coast. Along the way, we get a history of beer, from early origins thousands of years ago. It is fascinating to see the different [...]

    2. This books gives a fantastic overview of the history of Beer in America and the economic and political causes of its evolution. This book has the most clear, evidenced explanation for the growth of American Lagers that I have ever read.

    3. A light, frothy and fairly satisfying look at the history of beer in America. Don't expect a definitive encyclopedia, or much coverage of the craft beer explosion of the last decade though. Author Dane Hucklebridge is also the author of Bourbon: the Definitive History.

    4. Fun read. It centers around the peoples who brought their version of beer to the US (the Germans, Dutch, and English) and traces the beer we drink today back to the styles made in Europe.

    5. A really great read about the rollicking history of beer in (and out of) the United States. Any beer lover or history buff would enjoy.

    6. The title is self-explanatory. I enjoyed that this is a book for beer-lovers and history buffs more than it's a book for beer snobs. Huckelbridge has a knack for picking out interesting facts, stories, and details, and thus manages to weave an engaging history that wouldn't bore or alienate the casual reader. He's a good writer, though I was occasionally annoyed by questionable syntax and the sort of folksy/hokey turns of phrase that are common to periodicals. (As a writer for periodicals, I'm g [...]

    7. Entertaining and informative. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beer. The importance of beer in the colonial era and in early Britain had to do with the fact that beer was safer than water since the water was boiled. Early beer was very low in alcohol so it could be consumed in relatively large quantities and by children ("small beer"). Many early brewers were women ("alewives") who brewed for the family. American Indians had alcohol including beer but it was mostly co [...]

    8. I’m not sure how truly detailed the book could have gotten, but I thought it was a fantastic overview of the story of how beer got to where it was in the US of A. Lots of great history on old-world beer origins, too. Learned a lot, and it gives me a better appreciation for how beer and world history are connected.

    9. An informal, free-wheeling history of beer making (and drinking) in the United States. More a collection of individual stories, Huckelbridge covers our history region by region as well as through time.

    10. As can be judged by the title, the book is a history of Beer in the United States. There are, of course, a few sidetracks to Germany and England. Different regions of the US have different beer histories, and this is discussed.

    11. Great read. Very interesting read. Learned a lot, and always interesting to see how various beverages (beer, rum) have impacted our lives as they change through the times.

    12. This is a very enjoyable read through the history of beer in the US and in the old world. Interesting story about how it progressed across the the country and then in reality back again.

    13. neat little book about how beer influenced American history and travel. makes me want to go for a cold one right now

    14. A beer-centric history of the United States, with some explanations of greater beer history or developments.

    15. Good history & fun to readA book written for its subject. Lots of good background and general information. For a homebrewer like me, it was a fun read.

    16. Lovely book about the history of beer in the United States. Or maybe better: the role beer played in the History of the United States. While Huckelbridge does spend some words on the recent craft beer revolution the book is mainly about the olden days. He tells this story in geographic chapters; The importance of beer for the Pilgrims in New England, the big influence of Dutch beer in the economy of early New Amsterdam/York, the difficulties of brewing beer in the South and how spirits almost pu [...]

    17. Great little read and quick history on how prevalent beer is in our country. And I'm not even a beer lover but found this book very interesting.

    18. Great read. Privides brewing history preceeding USA, so provides a good general history of brewing and it's emergence in midieval Eurpe

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