Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
A “fascinating and well-documented social history” of American beer, from the immigrants who invented it to the upstart microbrewers who revived it (Chicago Tribune).
Grab a pint and settle in with AmbitiousBrew, the fascinating, first-ever history of American beer. Included here are the stories of ingenious German immigrant entrepreneurs like Frederick Pabst and Adolphus Busch, titans of nineteenth-century industrial brewing who introduced the pleasures of beer gardens to a nation that mostly drank rum and whiskey; the temperance movement (one activist declared that “the worst of all our German enemies are Pabst, Schlitz, Blatz, and Miller”); Prohibition; and the twentieth-century passion for microbrews.
Historian Maureen Ogle tells a wonderful tale of the American dream—and the great American brew.
“As much a painstakingly researched microcosm of American entrepreneurialism as it is a love letter to the country’s favorite buzz-producing beverage . . . ‘Ambitious Brew’ goes down as brisk and refreshingly as, well, you know.” —New York Post
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nmele - LibraryThing
Ogle treats the history of beer seriously but not without humor. I was not interested in reading this but in the end am glad my book club chose it. I learned quite a bit about the big brewers, like ... Read full review
AMBITIOUS BREW: The Story of American BeerUser Review - Kirkus
From kegs to bottles to cans, the making and selling of beer encapsulates in various ways the larger history of American taste and how business catered to it.Once upon a time, writes social historian ... Read full review
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