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Review: The Craft Beer Revolution

March 25, 2014

The Craft Beer Revlolution

After Prohibition, the brewing industry in the US struggled.  The few breweries that were out there produced a lot of beer but it was bland and uninteresting.  Home brewers and people who had experienced European beers knew it didn’t have to be that way and they took matters into their own hands by starting small breweries that have come to be known as microbreweries.  In the mid-1970s there were less than 40 breweries in the US – today there are over 2,500 and the number continues to grow.  In his book The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink, Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy recounts the history, struggles, and triumphs of the “craft beer revolution.”

I’m fairly new to craft beer but, since discovering it, have found the industry fascinating.  Most of the people who work in the industry do so because of a passion for beer.  Because Carl and Vance are on the retail end of things I have learned a lot and witnessed first hand that passion, as well as the frustrations involved, so I found Hindy’s book very interesting.  It was rather reassuring to see that the issues Carl and Vance face are the same throughout the industry.  It’s hard for a small company to compete in a field of giants but craft brewers are doing it and doing it well.

For the most part, I really enjoyed The Craft Beer Revolution and loved getting Hindy’s insider perspective.   I’m sure Carl was glad when I was through with the book because I was forever peppering him with some tidbit I had just gleaned from its pages.  I recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in craft beer.

Review copy provided by Palgrave Macmillan.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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21 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2014 8:12 am

    I’ve been hearing a lot about the IPA boom – we need to try some.

  2. Patty permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:50 am

    We love going to places that offer this kind of beer!

  3. March 25, 2014 11:15 am

    This sounds like a book my dad would liked! Beer was his main liquid staple. The history aspect interests me some. I’ve never liked beer myself.

  4. March 25, 2014 11:31 am

    Kathy, this sounds like a good book to enjoy with a glass of beer! We have a lot of
    microbreweries here.

  5. March 25, 2014 3:05 pm

    Yes, craft beers are gaining in popularity

  6. March 25, 2014 5:11 pm

    Not my kind of book but looks like this is a very valuable one for craft beer lovers!

  7. March 25, 2014 7:33 pm

    I’m not a drinker, but I know quite a few people who would love this book!

  8. March 25, 2014 9:12 pm

    Wow, I think this is a book I could get my husband to read without much convincing!! 🙂

  9. March 25, 2014 9:29 pm

    I was just thinking the same thing as Kelly from above as I read your review! That’s so funny!

  10. March 26, 2014 11:02 am

    I had to smile thinking of Carl probably rolling his eyes as you kept reading stuff to him. Lol.

  11. March 26, 2014 11:18 am

    I can’t get into IPAs, at least I haven’t had one I enjoy. I only seem to like golden beers.

  12. March 26, 2014 1:55 pm

    We have quite a few craft beer breweries here in wine country. There seems to be as much passion for the new beers as for the wine. Sounds like an interesting book on the subject.

  13. March 26, 2014 10:32 pm

    My cousin is very into this industry, right now he’s working for a baby breweriy who just started a yearanda half ago. He’s learning the ropes so he can open his own someday. We have several in Cleveland and the Great Lakes Brewing Company is doing it right. Brewery tours on weekends that leave from their restaurant across the street. It’s a fun touristy evening for first timers to the city. We’ll even put you up for the night if you make the trip 🙂

  14. March 27, 2014 2:25 am

    I enjoy the craft beers, mostly the darker, tastier ones. I’ve never been a fan of the bland light beers. A lot of our restaurants are featuring local beers now, so I get to try different ones.

  15. Beth F permalink
    March 27, 2014 6:08 am

    I like craft beers too. I’m always fascinated with food and drink history and will add this to my list. (Oh, and link this up on Saturday if you’re so inclined!)

  16. March 29, 2014 3:53 pm

    I’m not a big beer person, but do love learning about the evolution of certain food trends! I will pass this along to my soon to be sister in law, who works in the micro brewery part of a Budweiser distributorship.

  17. March 29, 2014 4:28 pm

    I wish I liked beer; I think the 10cent drafts I used to drink in college turned me off from it.

  18. March 29, 2014 5:25 pm

    I don’t know much about beer reallly – other than that I prefer lager to darker beers. Cheers

  19. bookingmama permalink
    March 29, 2014 6:55 pm

    I bet you were telling Carl lots of interesting facts about the industry!

  20. March 30, 2014 4:53 am

    Interesting, have never seen the two words together craft and beer/Craft Beer.

  21. March 30, 2014 4:26 pm

    We have a few craft breweries even here our little town. I love the variety of flavors especially the chocolate coffee choices.

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