"Why'd it take us [DC's brewing culture] so long to get back on the wagon? Capital Beer will answer all your questions in the endearing style of your history buff friend who you can't take to museums (in a good way!)." - DCist, March 20, 2014.
"Ever wonder what beer was like in Washington before DC Brau brought brewing back to the Capital in 2011? Grab a pint with local historian Garrett Peck. The beer scholar's new book, 'Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.,' traces the area's beer beginnings back to 1770, and explains why, after Prohibition, it took decades for the District to start brewing again." - Washington Post Express, March 27, 2014.
"In brisk and lively prose Peck covers 240 years of local brewing history, from the earliest days of British ale makers through the influx of German lagermeisters and up to the present-day craft breweries....Richly illustrated with photographs both old and new, as well as a colorful collection of her art, Capital Beer is almost as much fun to read as 'sitting in an outdoor beer garden and supping suds with friends over a long, languid conversation.'" - The Hill Rag, April 2014. "It turns out that a beer glass isn't a bad window onto history after all." - Capital Cooking, April 27, 2014.
"It's hard to finish this book and not thirst for a tall cold one." - Washington Independent Review of Books
, May 22, 2014.
"Garrett Peck's Capital Beer is a very good book that completely describes the history of brewing in the District of Columbia, Alexandria and Arlington. It should become a standard reference for anyone interested in the breweries of this region." - Mid Atlantic Brewing News, June/July 2014.
"Garrett Peck is to be commended for producing a very readable account of Washington, D.C.'s brewing past." - Journal of Brewery History, Spring 2014
About the Author
Garrett Peck is a literary journalist, local historian and author of five books. Capital Beer
is his fifth book and sequel to Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't
. He leads tours of Seneca quarry and the Temperance Tour in D.C. Peck worked with the DC Craft Bartenders Guild to have the Rickey declared Washington's native cocktail. A native Californian and graduate of VMI and the George Washington University, he lives in Arlington, Virginia.