...Every neighborhood had its own brewery, and every corner had a saloon ...The city's population was barely half of today's, and yet it had 12 times the number of breweries we boast of in 2012.
Don "Joe Sixpack" Russell Philadelphia Daily News 05-24-12
... The History Press should be commended for hiring Rich Wagner to produce the first modern history of Philadelphia brewing.
- Martin Morse Wooster Mid-Atlantic Brewing News June/July 2012
...Pennsylvania beer historian Rich Wagner chronicles it all, with gorgeous historic prints that bring Philly's great beer heritage alive, culminating in its current renaissance.
Craig LaBan Philadelphia Inquirerer 05-31-12
From the Author
This book has been incubating in my mind for quite some time and when the History Press approached me with the concept it provided a means for me to tell the short version of a long and twisted tale. I've brought stories to life from city's earliest brewers to the heyday of Brewerytown in the late nineteenth century. Long forgotten names and logos are celebrated in this rich tapestry of lore associated with the brewers who made Philadelphia "One Big Brewerytown." This book is for anyone who has an interest in beer and history and enjoys the proliferation of world class beer being made in Philadelphia today.