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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, March 30, 2011
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This review is from: Indiana Breweries (Breweries Series) (Paperback)
This is a great resource to all of the great places to enjoy a handcrafted beer in Indiana! Well organized, very descriptive and I love the glossary to help me understand all of the terms involved with beer. Hours of operation are included for each location, and when in doubt go with "The Pick" chosen by the authors. Another neat inclusion in the book are lodging recommendations as well as area attractions. This book has a lot of really great information, and should be kept nearby at all times when in Indiana--you never know when you will get thirsty and need a great beer. Cheers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Great Book!, March 22, 2011
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A travel log of craft brewing establishments in Indiana. If that doesn't spell page turner, I don't know what does. Yet, what I discovered after reading this book is: what you read on the jacket cover often does not do the story justice. That is what John Holl and Nate Schweber bring us - a great story about a subject matter they are not only passionate about, but clearly enjoy. Anyone who appreciates a well crafted beer is going to like it too. Their writing style is so real to life it feels as if I ponied up to the bar myself. I could smell the deep rich aromas and flavorful hops with each turning page. I was also intrigued with the many historical perspectives and references interlaced throughout. Their stories keep the subject matter interesting and informative at the same time. Like a tall, cold glass of your favorite malted beverage; from one of Indiana's finest or wherever your beer-of-choice is crafted, this book is hard to put down and tastes like more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Breweries - the book - the review, March 21, 2011
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It's out and available. Got mine from Amazon Saturday.

John Holl and Nate Schweber's 140-page read is the latest Breweries book from Stackpole Books (also available for Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia+MD+DE, and the benchmark book of Pennsylvania by Lew Bryson - a Missouri book is due this September).

Last summer and fall, John and Nate crisscrossed Indiana for weeks harvesting information and visiting every brewery. The result is a very up-to-date travel guide. It includes the latest breweries (Bier, Flat 12, and Thr3e Wise Men) and even includes upcoming breweries (Black Swan, 3 Pints, Triton, and the Heorot).

Each brewery's story is told with backgrounds of the owners/brewers, John/Nate's pick of the beer and the food, occasional interviews with patrons, and even description of the environment right down to the crapola on the walls.

The only glaring omission seems to be street maps. But everyone has a GPS or Google now don't they? The current fourth edition of Pennsylvania Breweries will be the last of the Stackpoles with maps I'm told.

And I have to add just one other niggling issue. The editorial board (?) decided to omit LiL' Charlies and Granite City because they outsource their wort. That said, we must applaud the amount of coverage given by the authors anyway.

To be a more complete travel guide, they've included area attractions, zoos, halls of fame, and museums to visit and have given B&B or small hotel picks. The lists of good beer bars hopefully will be used by the traveler as visits there complement brewery tours, brewpub meals, and other staples of a good vacation or weekend trip.

Every IndianaBeer, HBG, or Beer Nut reader, homebrewer, mug club member, Girls Pint Out or Beer Meetup folk, or BA/RB ticker needs a copy. Even your IndianaBeer reporter who has been immersed in the lore for years learned something about each of the 37 breweries detailed.

John Holl is actually a big-time beer writer with NY Times, Beer Connoisseur, and lots of web cred. Latest from him is a Wall Street Journal article about the Sun King and Three Floyds collaboration.

John and Nate will be back in Indiana (they're actually New Jerseyites) for a book signing tour in April starting April 2nd & 3rd at New Albanian's brewpubs. There's one scheduled for April 28th at Thr3e Wise Men. They should be at Beer Geeks Pub late on Dark Lord Day (April 30), and the calendar will fill in, and we'll have it on the IndianaBeer Calendar - OR go to the book's own [...]pages for the latest.

>> This review appeared on the IndianaBeer blog 3/21/11. Copied here by the reviewer <<
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, August 17, 2012
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William B. Storey (Jupiter, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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Indiana Breweries is a great book if you love beer, especially craft beers. It gives you information about the different beers at each brewery, where the brewery is located and interesting facts about the nearby area and other local attractions. This a great book if you like to visit breweries.
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