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The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution Paperback – May 1, 2013
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"A new and excellent history of craft beers in America." -Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
"Rather than become mired in a minutiae of names and dates, Acitelli wisely frames his narrative as a discrete selection of entertaining vignettes that focus on key players and moments in America's craft-beer revolution as representative of the larger movement. It's an entertaining and informative read for anyone remotely interested in the history of American craft beer." -The Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)
"Tom Acitelli has compiled an extensive collection of firsthand accounts from the pioneers, brewers and industry luminaries that have taken beer back from industrial giants. A book for the craft beer nerd who thinks he or she already knows the story, The Audacity of Hops is sure to provide new insight into craft beer's explosive popularity." -The Los Angeles Times
“This is the story of how the ‘Kingdom of Beer’ was returned to the drinker. It’s about the nurturing of the beer epiphany in a time when word of a revolution in the making was passed on one glass of brew at a time. The Audacity of Hops is an absorbing reflection on what goes into every professional craft-brewed beer in America. Impassioned millions have taken the kingdom back.” —Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association and author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
"Excellent history of the American craft brewing movement." —Slate
“Mr. Acitelli’s exhaustive chronicle of the American beer revolution … lovingly told.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Highly quaffable and enjoyable. You can crack open a section or two, pore over it for an hour or so, and familiarize yourself with the moments and luminaries who contributed heavily to the American brewing renaissance. Heady stuff.” —Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and author of Brewing Up a Business
“[Tom Acitelli]’s thorough research into the craft beer revolution tells a great story and shows how a ragtag yet purposeful group of passionate individuals can build an industry. He did an amazing job capturing the characters, improbable tales, and astounding passion that make up the craft brewing community.” —Ken Grossman, founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
"A lot of beer books come across my desk, but few are as thorough, well-researched and approachable as The Audacity of Hops. Author Tom Acitelli takes a reporter's approach to telling the story of the rise of craft beer in America."—Evan S. Benn, Esquire magazine beer columnist
"Journalist and beer-lover Acitelli's exceptional document of this remarkable growth profiles the brewers, breweries, and brewhounds that have played a part in today's booming craft beer industry... It's an ingenious means of telling a story with so many influential characters, and Acitelli pulls it off, with an eye for detail and a nose for drama."—Publishers Weekly Starred review
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The narrative wanders across the country and elsewhere telling the stories of those who thought American beer was lacking in taste and what they did to improve their beer. How Fritz Maytag learned how to make consistently excellent beer . From Jack McAuliffe who put together New Albion Brewing in Sonoma, CA from scratch and labored night and day to brew and sell beer that was well-liked but could not keep the brewery open for long, to Paul Grossman and Ken Camusi, who founded Sierra Nevada Beer in Chico, CA (also from scratch) and managed to create a popular beer that was successful. Helping things along was Michael Lewis, professor of fermentation science at UC Davis (the only brewing professor in the west) who provided advice to beginning brewers.Then there were many others across the country who made the leap from home brewer to small breweries. While others like Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company, had a regional brewery make his beer under contract. (He had originally thought that a brewery needed a computer to keep track of records, only to be told that it was better have many customers before buying a computer. So he brewed up test batches and bottled them, then peddled the beer from restaurant to restaurant to get the customers.Read more ›
Unequivocally, yes. When a book on craft beer begins with a page and a half of upbeat blurbs by Maureen Ogle, Ken Grossman, Steve Hindy, Jeremy Cowan and David Geary, we’d all better sit up straight and pay attention. The magnitude and depth of history that Acitelli manages to pull together in just over 400 pages is impressive.
The danger of such a book is of falling into a boring recitation of names, dates and events. Acitelli, who thoroughly researched his narrative, never goes there. His passion as a beer writer mirrors that of the best craft brewers who have brought the industry to where it is today. My favorite mini-history of the entire book, which seems to encapsulate the success-against-the-odds history of craft brewing, is Acitelli’s recounting of Pliny the Younger’s evolution. It’s a tale of big visions, steady success and, ultimately, the kind of triumph that thousands of craft brewers and “American Idol” contestants dream of.
With “The Audacity of Hops,” Acitelli is in a league of his own.
There's a lot to recommend this book, but for the next edition, I'd consider a very hard edit.
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More than you ever imagined there was to know about the history of the craft beer movement in the US. Amazingly researched book.Published 5 months ago by JB
A solid history of America's craft beer movement. This is a must for any beer lover that is interested in how craft beer came to be.Published 13 months ago by Gavin
Thorough and dense with information, but the storytelling is chaotic, haphazard, with essentially just word vomit of a 100 mini-stories smashed together with no theme, direction,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Whitney
Best summary of the craft beer beginning I have read. All the principal characters are here, starting with Fritz Maytag (yes, that Maytag) and includes Vinnie Cilurzo (if you don't... Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Parker
The best book on the craft beer revolution I've read. The Craft Revolution was good but the scope of this book covers much more ground in an interesting way vBulletin as it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jeffrey J. Bonavita Jr
I'm a huge fan of the micro brewers movement, I blog about beer and i'm a homebrewer with the aspiration to make his own nanobrewery in the future, all the story and experiences of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eslem Torres