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Locally brewed : portraits of craft breweries from America's heartland
2014
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Craft brewing is a growing industry around the country. In this book, Blessing focuses on the Midwest, spotlighting 20 breweries and cideries, the companies' key personnel, and products. Each lavishly photographed chapter connects the reader to the people behind some intriguing-sounding brews. The result is similar to the author's previous title, Locally Grown, which brought a winning, personal approach to a survey of American artisanal farms. The brewery owners and brewmasters are an affable, motley assortment. For some, their craft is a family matter, built on deep roots in a community, whereas for others, it has meant changes in career and setting. Of particular interest are Deborah Carey of Wisconsin's New Glarus, a rare woman leading a brewery, and the 5 Rabbit Cerveceria in Illinois, which taps into the vibrant Latino community in the area. VERDICT While some of the beverages mentioned have limited availability outside their regions, this warmly written set of profiles should find fans in beer enthusiasts anywhere and may attract aficionados to the heartland. Purchase for libraries with a collection emphasis on beer and brewing in the Midwest.-Peter -Hepburn, Coll. of the Canyons Lib., Santa Clarita, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
Locally Brewed celebrates the Midwest's craft brewing movement with profiles of 20 of the area's brewmasters and their breweries. These are entertaining and inspiring stories of the individuals who have been essential in the exponential growth of this movement, as told through vivid interviews, beautiful photography, and dynamic artwork.<br> <br> In just the past 20 years, beer has been transformed from a "low-class" drink to a pluralistic, populist drink with the same stylistic diversity and caring craftsmanship as wine. One of the strongest hotbeds of this cultural shift is in the Midwest, where independently owned craft brewers focus on the creative, artisanal elements of the beer-making process. Locally Brewed explores these trends and the fun, fascinating, and unique details of each brewery, including label art, hand-pull designs, and of course the brews themselves.<br> <br> This is a book that can be enjoyed by the "beer geek" and the casual imbiber alike, as it emphasizes the people behind the beer as well as the beers they brew. Special sidebars and pullouts show what makes each brewery special, weaving together the story of the indie beer movement, relevant to both small-town Midwesterners and big-city beer lovers.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 9
August Schell Brewing Companyp. 15
Bell's Brewery, Incp. 27
Lakefront Brewery, Incp. 35
Great Lakes Brewing Companyp. 43
New Glarus Brewing Companyp. 51
Three Floyds Brewing Companyp. 61
Two Brothers Brewing Companyp. 71
Founders Brewing Companyp. 79
Central Waters Brewing Companyp. 89
Dark Horse Brewing Companyp. 97
Piece Brewery and Pizzeriap. 105
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Alesp. 111
Short's Brewing Companyp. 121
Surly Brewing Companyp. 131
Metropolitan Brewingp. 141
5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Inc.p. 149
Greenbush Brewing Companyp. 157
Steel Toe Brewingp. 165
Virtue Ciderp. 171
Moody Tongue Brewing Companyp. 181
Acknowledgmentsp. 186
Indexp. 187
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