Synopses & Reviews
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;This information-packed guidebook introduces you to more than sixty breweries and brewpubsand#8212;from the Shipwrecked Brew Pub in Egg Harbor, to smaller craft breweries like Capital Brewery west of Madison, to the world-famous Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee. Robin Shepard includes descriptions and his personal ratings of some 600 local beers, plus a tasterand#8217;s chart you can use to record your own preferences.
For each brewpub and brewery site youand#8217;ll find:
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#8226;and#160; a description and brief history, plus any "Donand#8217;t miss" features
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#8226;and#160; names, comments, and ratings for all their specialty beers
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#8226;and#160; notes on the pub food, with recommendations
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#8226;and#160; suggestions of other sites to see and activities in the local area
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#8226;and#160; information about bottling and distribution
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#8226;and#160; availability of tours, tastings, gift shops, mug clubs, and "growlers"
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#8226;and#160; address and contact data, including Web sites and GPS coordinates!
Shepard also introduces novices to the brewing process and a wide variety of beer styles. And, youand#8217;ll find a list of helpful books and Web sites, as well as information on Wisconsin beer tastings and festivals. As we say in Wisconsin, "So, have a couple a two, three beers, hey?"
“The most comprehensive guide to beers, beer drinking, and breweries in Minnesota one could hope to find.”—Jerry Minnich, author of Eating Well in Wisconsin
"Captures the essence of a staggering array of exceptional beers and treats us to the intriguing flavors of the business of brewing. I look forward to pilgrims in search of and#8216;the perfect pintand#8217; arriving in New Glarus with tasting cards in hand."and#8212;Deb Carey, president of the New Glarus Brewing Company
“Thorough, interesting, and surely helpful to those—there are thousands these days—who are searching for a decent glass of beer.”—Jerry Apps, author of Breweries of Wisconsin
Based on four years of travel and research, Minnesota’s Best Breweries and Brewpubs is a welcome addition to Robin Shepard’s series of guides to the best of the Midwest’s beer industries. From large-scale breweries such as Cold Spring, to chains like Granite City, to individual brewpubs like Fitger’s Brewhouse, Shepard provides commentary for more than thirty beer makers and three-hundred Minnesota beers. Accessible enough for people at all stages in their journeys to discover great-tasting beer, the information-packed guidebook also features a list of helpful books and websites, as well as information on Minnesota’s beer tastings and festivals.
For each brewery and brewpub site you’ll find:
• a description and brief history, plus many “don’t miss” features
• a description of beers on tap and a list of seasonal and specialty beers
• a space for the brewmaster’s autograph
• notes on the pub food, with recommendations
• suggestions of nearby sights and activities
• general directions to the location
• Shepard’s personal ratings of the experience, plus room to add your own.
Beer aficionados can rejoice as Robin Shepard once again shares the results of his continued search for the perfect pint of beer, this time in Minnesota.
Robin Shepard, author of the award-winning book Wisconsin’s Best Breweries and Brewpubs, now showcases The Best Breweries and Brewpubs of Illinois. This guidebook introduces some three dozen breweries and brewpubs in Illinois and sixteen within half an hour’s drive across the state line in Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Wisconsin. From the small microbrewery Two Brothers in Warrenville and big brewpubs like Goose Island in Chicago to the world-famous brewing giant Anheuser-Busch across the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Shepard provides descriptions and his personal ratings of more than four hundred beers. Plus, there is a taster’s chart you can use to record your own preferences.
Shepard also introduces novices to the brewing process and a wide variety of beer styles. And in this information packed guidebook, you’ll find a list of helpful books and Web sites, as well as where to find Illinois beer-tastings and festivals.
About the Author
Robin Shepard is author of Wisconsin’s Best Breweries and Brewpubs, which was awarded the Quill and Tankard Writing Award of the North American Guild of Beer Writers, and Best Breweries and Brewpubs of Illinois.
Table of Contents
About This Book
Beer and Food
The Brewing Process
Making the Journey Perfect
The Brewing Business
Breweries and Brewpubs Map
Minnesota Breweries and Brewpubs
Metro-East Central and Twin Cities
Minnesota's Contract Breweries
Traveling by Air: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport Brews
Beer Tastings and Festivals
Books about Beer, Breweries, and Brewpubs
Web Sites about Beer, Breweries, and Brewpubs
Directory of Minnesota Breweries and Brewpubs
Minnesota's Brewing Past
Breweries We Have Known and Loved
Terms You Hear on Brewery Tours (Glossary)