- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; First edition (October 8, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156033593
- ISBN-13: 978-0156033596
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer Paperback – October 8, 2007
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Grab a pint and settle back with Ambitious Brew?the fascinating history of American beer. Here are the stories of ingenious German immigrant entrepreneurs, titans of nineteenth-century industrial brewing (including Frederick Pabst and Adolphus Busch), the temperance movement, Prohibition, and twentieth-century microbrewers. Maureen Ogle tells a wonderful tale of the American Dream?and the great American brew.
This 'first ever history of American beer' . . . is as much a painstakingly researched microcosm of American entrepreneurialism as it is a love letter to the country's favorite buzz-producing beverage . . . Ambitious Brew goes down as brisk and refreshingly as, well, you know."--New York Post
"It is one of the virtues of her history of American beer that Ms. Ogle isn't afraid to admit admiration for the bold risks and ambitions of the capitalists--then and now--who have made beer their business."?The Wall Street Journal
Maureen Ogle is a historian and the author of two previous books, All the Modern Conveniences and Key West. She lives in Ames, Iowa, a town of fifty thousand whose only liquor store stocks nearly six hundred different beers.Visit www.AmbitiousBrew.com and www.MaureenOgle.com.
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Among all the books on the market today, there’s not a more definitive history of beer in the United States. That’s even more laudable considering that “Ambitious Brew” was published in 2007. The fact that it’s nearly eight years old is the only bad thing about the book.
Wouldn’t it be cool if Ms. Ogle put out a 10th anniversary edition with her take on developments in the U.S. beer scene—particularly the rapid growth of the craft beer movement—over the last decade?
The parts related to the prohibition seem a bit rushed, with some minor editing flaws. Which leads into a bit disjointed post war part. The book is packed with notes, bibliography and index (1/3 of kindle edition), and as such a good asset for the future.
The book held my attention from start to finish and left me wanting more. The long battle for supremacy between Pabst and Anheuser-Busch was fascinating. Ms. Ogle showed that the brewers of the time were forced to continually brew lighter and lighter beers because, contrary to the claims of the microbrewing enthusiasts, that's what most of America wants. She also showed that he tend toward the bland didn't stop with beer, and that only in the last 20 years has there been a backlash, in beer, coffee and food in general. My only criticism would be that the last chapter on the microbrewery revolution left me wanting more. It seemed almost as if she wanted to say more, but was running out of space to say what she wanted.
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