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Great American Beer: 50 Brands That Shaped the 20th Century Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307238539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307238535
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Low-brow food expert Christoper O'Hara (Wing It!, The Bloody Mary) turns his attention to classic American beers in this entertaining look at timeless brands. Opening with an overview of beer's place in American society, O'Hara succinctly chronicles the evolution of the industry from the first settlers to bring Bavarian yeast across the Atlantic in the mid-1800s, to the megabrands that dominate store shelves today. But it's his collection of fifty classic American beers that will keep readers misty-eyed, reminiscing about stalwarts like Olde Frothingslosh and Schaefer, or long-lost friends like Buckeye and Lowenbrau. This book doesn't cover esoteric artisan beers-these are the beers you swiped from your father's fridge and bought by the case in college, "the beers to have when you're having more than one." Each beer gets its own biography, complete with history, location and advertising jingles. Illustrated with product photos and original advertising, and packed with trivia (the first beer with a "born on" date? Lucky Lager, 60 years before Budweiser), O'Hara's book is a great read for aficionados whose tastes run more toward the Rockies than the Rhine.
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About the Author

Chris O'Hara is the author of The Bloody Mary, Ribs, The Ultimate Chili Book, Hot Toddies, and Wing It! He lives in Lloyd Harbor, New York.

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Christopher B. O'Hara is the author of 6 books, including The Bloody Mary, Ribs: A Connoisseur's Guide to Barbecuing and Grilling, The Ultimate Chili Book, Hot Toddies, Wing It! and Great American Beer. Chris and his books have been featured on the Food Network's "Cooking Today," NBC's "Today Show," CBS's "Early Show" and periodicals including The New York Post, Boston Herald, the Miami Herald, Glamour, Esquire, and Playboy magazine. He lives in Lloyd Harbor, New York with his wife and three children.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lia DiCaro on September 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a birthday present for my dad and he hasn't stopped telling people about it! I actually had a chance to read it before giving it to him and I was blown away by how thorough the history section is in the beginning. The writing is accessible and not at all boring, and you walk away with some amazing knowledge of American history seen through an entirely new lense. The individual beer profiles are fantastic too. I first picked this book up for its great looks (hardcover plus color artwork throughout makes for such a great, affordable gift for any guy!), but I was really impressed by the intelligent, down-to-earth writing. If you're looking for an inexpensive gift that's a little off the beaten path but really useful and interesting, you can't go wrong with Great American Beer. I was so impressed with this book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denese Neu on February 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm using this as a source for my upcoming book. Originally only interested in a few featured brands, I was delighted to discover a well-researched and nicely presented history of the U.S. brewing industry and its trajectory. It's an easy, fun read. More importantly, it is factual. From one author to another...thanks for creating it.

Denese Neu, Chicago by the Pint: a Craft Beer History of the Windy City (History Press, 2011)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Grice on May 13, 2007
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Gave a little idea of the original beer brewers and what happened to the other ones. What helped shaped the big guys out there like Bud and Miller
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