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Book Title: Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer|
Date of issue: October 8th 2007
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The author of the book: Maureen Ogle
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 888 KB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Read full description of the books Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer:A cousin of mine gave me this book as a gift years ago. I'm not sure what took me so long to read it; as a fan of both non-fiction and beer, Ambitious Brew is a must read. Now that I'm done, I am sad to have finished it. Maureen Ogle did an incredible job researching the people (Frederick Miller, Adolphus Busch, Frederick Pabst, Philip Best...) and ingenuity behind the brand names. The beginning of the book almost exclusively covers the story of these German immigrants creating what we think of as American beer in the 19th century. But there is much more to the story than that. Subsequent chapters cover prohibition (incidentally, this part of the read is kind of a downer) and its repeal (yay!). Still later we learn of the challenges Big Beer faced in the 50s, 60s and 70s (due to among other things, diet crazes and anti-establishment hippie types), as well as the home brew and craft brew revolutions of the 80s and 90s. The book ends in the early 2000s with PBR popular among the "bike messenger, retro-chic crowd." After reading this book I no longer look at a lager the same way. Also, I am now a fan of German beer like never before, which is cool since German bars and restaurants are enjoying a renaissance of sorts in LA.
Pro-tip: read this book during a weekend or vacation because almost inevitably you will consume bottles and cans of the beers you read about.
Read information about the authorHistorian, author. World-class ranter (at least in my own mind). (And who else's mind should count??)
More info at maureenogle.com; lots of info; probably more than you want.
Voracious reader for over a half century (yeah, I'm old). I say, with no fear of exaggeration, that reading made my nightmarish childhood tolerable. Don't ask me to imagine a world without books; the idea is too terrifying, too painful.
Other stuff (not so serious) you may want to know: Check your ego at the door, and if you're lacking a sense of humor, don't bother to knock. 'Nuff said.
Now go read something!
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