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Philadelphia Beer:: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty (American Palate) Paperback – April 25, 2012
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... The History Press should be commended for hiring Rich Wagner to produce the first modern history of Philadelphia brewing.
...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.
From the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The book picks up in its second half, as Wagner goes on to describe how the Volstead Act utterly destroyed one of Philadelphia’s largest industries. The vast majority of breweries closed at the introduction of the act, but some remained opened manufacturing near beer and selling it as a breakfast food (so punk rock.) Prohibition was of course repealed, but at that point the economy was suffering through the Great Depression, and most of Philadelphia’s breweries would never reopen. There were over a dozen large scale breweries in the city before prohibition. By 1950, there were only four, and by 1970 there were two. Schmidt’s was the last brewery operating in the city when it shut down in 1989 and began its transformation from an abandoned industrial complex to a bro stomping ground. The final chapter dealt with Philly’s more recent history, from the small brewpubs that popped up during the 90’s to the large scale breweries of Yards and PBC that we enjoy today.
This book was a short, and I finished reading it rather quickly. The beginning of it was a bit boring, but only because so much of Philadelphia’s early brewing history has been lost to time.Read more ›
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A concise and entertaining look at Philadelphia's rich beer history. Learned a ton while reading this book.Published 17 months ago by Jerome
It's a relatively thorough history about the breweries and beer making in and around the Philadelphia area. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by J Smith