Synopses & Reviews
Red, White, and Brew is the ultimate beer run across the United States, during which Brian Yaeger visits fourteen breweries of various sizes and talks to founders, owners, brewmasters, consumers, and anyone else he meets on his odyssey and who enjoys the making, tasting, and appreciating of brews.
Red, White, and Brew pursues the roots of brewers who brought their craft with them from their homeland and investigates how the tradition is faring today and where it may head in the future. Covering everything from fifth-generation family-run brewing companies to first-wave microbreweries, this book is a travelogue, guide, and genealogical study of beer families and homebrewers from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon. It is filled with eclectic characters and shrewd businesspeople who populate an industry as old as the New World, and who produce liquid philanthropy, one keg at a time.
"Beer-enthusiast Yaeger writes about his travels throughout the country visiting microbreweries, and like most suds aficionados, he has an affinity for so-called craft beers. Throughout his odyssey starting at the ancient Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, Pa., and going West before concluding at the upstart Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware he spends less time on the many beers he quaffs than he does on portraying the dedicated brewers running these quixotic enterprises. There's good reason for that, as the people he comes across in his journey (crashing on couches, always buying a six-pack sampler of the local brewery's wares on the way out of town) are an uncommonly determined lot. In Yaeger's chatty interviews with the brewers, they talk about the business, the post-1980s renaissance in American beer and the common need to enter into distribution agreements with the likes of Anheuser Busch (if not letting themselves be bought outright). Yaeger's book is a solid and amiable rendering of a tough business." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
BRIAN YAEGER earned a Master in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California with a thesis on beer. He holds a double bachelors degree in Religious Studies and Russian from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a college renowned for its beer consumption. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
The Beer Starts Here - D.G. Yuengling & Son in Pottsville, PA
New Brew for New England - D.L. Geary Brewing in Boston, MA
Outside the Eccentric Cafe - Bells Brewing in Kalamazoo, MI
A Long Line of Leinies -- Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing in Chippewa Falls, WI
Beer Free in the Free State -- Free State Brewing in Lawrence, KS
Brew Like the Wind - New Belgium Brewing in Ft. Collins, CO
National Parks and Regional Beers -- Grand Teton Brewing in Victor, ID
A Rosey Climate -- Widmer Bros. Brewing in Portland, OR
Maytag Repair Man -- Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, CA
A Beer with Local Characters - Electric Brewing in Bisbee, AZ
Something Special in Shiner -- Spoeztl Brewing in Shiner, TX
Blowin Dixie -- Dixie Brewing in New Orleans, LA
West Meets Yeast -- Alltechs Lexington Brewing in Lexington, KY
Every Dogfish Has His Day -- Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE