Maureen Ogle Ambitious Brew - The Story of American Beer
- BMC and lagers vs ales
From a time and money standpoint, it seems like BMC would do better to mass produce ales instead of lagers. They would ferment for a shorter amount of time at a higher temperature. Anyone know the
- 871 steps?
Here in South Africa they've launched "Foundry Premium Cider". This is what they say in the ad: "Brewed according to age-old cider making traditions, the master brewers follow a meticulous and t
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Pros: Excellent history of American Brewing
Cons: Neglects early American brewing, before the mid 1800s
Recommended? YesThe book ignores brewing before the mid 1800's when what were to become the large commercial brewers of the 20th century got their start. It does give you an excellent picture of their early years and the state of brewing as an industry at the time, and is bound to give you a better appreciation for Anheuser-Busch. It tracks the rise, and the ultimate failure of some of the larger brewers, and brewing families, heading into the later half of the 20th century and the advent of craft brewing as an industry. It delves into why some commercial and craft brewers succeed, while many others failed by examining the market conditions within which they operated and the view of the population at large towards beer.
To the review that it does not dive deeply into the current state of craft brewing, it should be remembered that the craft brewing movement is very new, having really only gained traction over the last 15 years or so. As such, it is difficult to write a "history" of something that is still ongoing. With this in mind, she does provide an account of how it got it start and who the major players were.
All in all, it was a very good read and well worth the time for anybody interested in history. It is extremely well researched, an unbiased in regard to the craft/commercial brewing dichotomy.
Pros: Good history on the early days of brewing in the USA.
Cons: Moves fairly quick through the final craft brew years.
Recommended? YesI recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading about the history of brewing in the USA. It focuses more on the early years and the rise of the major brewers, the brewing dynasties, etc (AB, Miller, Coors, Schlitz, Pabst). It addresses the the rise of craft beers, but does not cover this period in as much detail.
Pros: Interesting history
Cons: Gets kinda boring
Recommended? YesOverall is a good book, but gets boring around the turn of the century. Maybe I will give it another try.