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The Audacity of Hops

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The Audacity of Hops

The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution

Charting the birth and growth of craft beer across the United States, Tom Acitelli offers an epic, story-driven account of one of the most inspiring and surprising American grassroots movements. In 1975, there was a single craft brewery in the United States; today there are more than 2,000. Now this once-fledgling movement has become ubiquitous nationwide—there's even a honey ale brewed at the White House. This book not only tells the stories of the major figures and businesses within the movement, but it also ties in the movement with larger American culinary developments. It also charts the explosion of the mass-market craft beer culture, including magazines, festivals, home brewing, and more. This entertaining and informative history brims with charming, remarkable stories, which together weave a very American business tale of formidable odds and refreshing success.

Charting the birth and growth of craft beer across the United States, Tom Acitelli offers an epic, story-driven account of one of the most inspiring and surprising American grassroots movements. In 1975, there was a single craft brewery in the United States; today there are more than 2,000. Now this once-fledgling movement has become ubiquitous nationwide—there's even a honey ale brewed at the White House. This book not only tells the stories of the major figures and businesses within the movement, but it also ties in the movement with larger American culinary developments. It also charts the explosion of the mass-market craft beer culture, including magazines, festivals, home brewing, and more. This entertaining and informative history brims with charming, remarkable stories, which together weave a very American business tale of formidable odds and refreshing success.

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  • Tom Acitelli is a writer and former senior editor at the New York Observer. His work has appeared in the New York Post, the New York Times, Redbook, and Town & Country. He is a regular contributor to All About Beer, the brewing industry's leading trade magazine. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association and author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

    "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."

  • Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

    "Everyone who cares about good beer owes Tom Acitelli a huge thanks: his history of American craft beer is lively, substantive, and thoughtful."

  • Steve Hindy, cofounder of Brooklyn Brewery and coauthor of Beer School

    "The Audacity of Hops chronicles the rich history of America's craft brewing revolution with deft portraits of the resourceful pioneers, the innovative brewers, and the intrepid entrepreneurs who are changing the way the world thinks about beer."

  • David L. Geary, president of D. L. Geary Brewing Company

    "This book is a delightful read, painstakingly researched, often humorous, and filled with stories that breathe life into the birth of our industry."

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