From Publishers Weekly
Beer-enthusiast Yaeger writes about his travels throughout the country visiting microbreweries, and like most suds aficionados, he has an affinity for so-called craft beers. Throughout his odyssey—starting at the ancient Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, Pa., and going West before concluding at the upstart Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware—he spends less time on the many beers he quaffs than he does on portraying the dedicated brewers running these quixotic enterprises. There's good reason for that, as the people he comes across in his journey (crashing on couches, always buying a six-pack sampler of the local brewery's wares on the way out of town) are an uncommonly determined lot. In Yaeger's chatty interviews with the brewers, they talk about the business, the post-1980s renaissance in American beer and the common need to enter into distribution agreements with the likes of Anheuser Busch (if not letting themselves be bought outright). Yaeger's book is a solid and amiable rendering of a tough business. (Oct.)
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You want to be like the guys in Sideways, only there's too much corksniffery connected to wineries. Touring breweries is your ticket to ride; Red, White, & Brew is your beer GPS. Yaeger's book is something to immerse yourself in and savor. He chronicles his travels with a narrative style that never rambles. Yaeger delves into the stories of people and places behind regional offerings. Brewmasters reveal a unique, entrepreneurial subset of the population. Their passion resonates with beer-lovers everywhere. Here's hoping that Yaeger has a sequel in him--he's a great drinkin' buddy.
Brian Yaeger's frothy beer travelogue is as multifaceted as the industry he covers. Amusing from the first beer (a surreptitious Coors Light from Dad's minifridge) to the last (a Dogfish Head microbrew), Red White and Brew is the perfect beer lover's literary trip--road sodas included! (Chris O'Hara, author of Great American Beer
Let's hoist one for Brian Yaeger's beer journalism. Red, White, and Brew is like a well-made ale -- rich, tasty, interesting, and it leaves the reader with a nice buzz. (Ken Wells, author of Travels With Barley
Ever wondered what beermakers really think about their work? Brian Yaeger supplies some answers in this coast-to-coast, behind-the-scenes tour of American breweries. (Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew
Brian Yaeger understands that beer is more than just water, malt, and hops. It's also people, and not altogether normal people, either. (Dan Baum, author of Citizen Coors: An American Dynasty