Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with A Book & A Brew

by Renee on May 12, 2014

JackHoist your glass, this week is American Craft Beer Week! This special week was created by the Brewers Association as a way to highlight craft beer events in the height of the beer drinking season, and it comes on the heels of Jack’s birthday on May 11th, which is somewhat apropos! The father of the American microbrewing movement turned 69 this year–and I wished him a happy birthday with some good news about the forward movement of New Albion Brewing–please stay tuned for more information as I can relay it. We’re getting closer to being able to drink more, I promise!

Aside from cracking open a new-to-you or a favorite craft beer brewed right here in the U.S., you can celebrate by expanding your American craft beer knowledge. Even better, pick up a cold one while you read Brooklyn Beer co-founder Steve Hindy’s new book, The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink. As a former journalist and one of the brewers who revolutionized beer in the U.S. himself, Hindy’s book is an engaging history told from the front lines.

Just by using the term “band of microbrewers,” in the title, Hindy captures the spirit of the pioneers who have changed beer brewing bookand drinking in America since the early days of Jack’s New Albion Brewing Company in Sonoma, California. You’ll find a whole cast of characters, from Anchor Steam’s Fritz Maytag to Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman to Boston Beer’s Jim Koch through Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione, New Belgium’s Kim Jordan and many of the new up-and-coming brewers and breweries that we are just learning more about.

Hindy also offers insight into the “beer wars” with big beer, and the formation of the Craft Brewers Association–telling tales from his own experience along the way. It’s a fascinating read and complements the recent releases of other craft beer histories like Ken Grossman’s Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; and Tom Acitelli’s The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution. For further craft beer enlightenment, I also suggest Maureen Ogle’s Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer and Hindy’s previous volume, Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery.

You’re going to need a lot of craft beer to go with that reading. Cheers!


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