Brewed in Detroit: Breweries and Beers Since 1830, Volume 1

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Wayne State University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 353 pages
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Brewed in Detroit describes the history of the brewing industry in the Detroit metropolitan area (including Ann Arbor, Mt. Clemens, Pontiac, Windsor, Wyandotte, and Ypsilanti) from its beginning in the 1830s to the present revival by microbrewers and brewpubs.

A historian and trained veteran of the brewing industry, Peter H. Blum divides Detroit brewing history into seven distinct phases: the early Anglo-Saxon ale brewers, the German brewers who arrived after 1848, the rise of brewing dynasties in the 1880s, Prohibition, the return of beer in the era after repeal in 1933, the war years, and the post-war competition. Blum also includes detailed information on the way beer is produced -- the craft of brewing and the tradition of master brewers.

Brewed in Detroit tells the story of the Stroh Brewery Company, which was a family brewery in Detroit from 1850 to 1985 and became Detroit's largest brewery by the turn of the century. Blum then chronicles the stories of forty-three individual Detroit breweries in small groups of similar ethnic or economic units, describes breweries in the six surrounding cities, and tells of H.W. Rickel & Company, the preeminent local malt producer.

Each brewery's story is told in terms of the individuals and families who started the enterprise, and chronicles their fortunes and failures. There are about 180 photographs of brewers, buildings, wagons and trucks, equipment, and advertising to illustrate the various chapters. A special feature is sixteen color pages of brewery advertising, including rare lithographs from the Stroh archives, made possible through a gift from the Stroh Brewery Company.

The book concludes with a compilation of every brewery inDetroit of which there is a record, brand names of all beers and ales marketed in Detroit, production figures of all Detroit breweries since 1933, a glossary of technical terms, and an index.

  

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This is a great reference and very readable, though admittedly I didn't read every chapter. Very well-researched information about Detroit-area brewing history. Peter Blum was the archivist for the ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
5
BACKGROUND
18
CULTURE AND CRAFT
27
DETROIT BREWING HISTORY
41
THE STROH STORY
57
Six EARLY ANGLOSAXON ALE BREWERS
91
TEN SMALL GERMAN LAGER BREWERS
103
FOUR POLISH BREWERS
119
1O FIVE THAT SURVIVED THE WAR
185
ANN ARBOR
259
MOUNT CLEMENS
271
PONTIAC
277
WINDSOR
283
WYANDOTTE
295
YPSILANTI
305
APPENDIX A 313 GLOSSARY
313

FOUR MUTUALLY OWNED BREWERIES
133
EIGHT THAT TRIED AFTER REPEAL 1 43
143
FOUR THAT FAILED BEFORE THE WAR 1 59
169
APPENDIX B
319
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About the author (1999)

Peter H. Blum retired from the Stroh Brewery Company, Detroit, in 1989 after nineteen years in the brewing development. After his retirement, the Stroh family appointed him archivist in order to maintain the heritage of the family-owned enterprise.

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