The Audacity of Hops

The Audacity of Hops
The Audacity of Hops

The Audacity of Hops

The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution
By Tom Acitelli, Foreword by Tony Magee

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480 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.99 (CA $23.99) (US $19.99)

ISBN 9781613737088

Rights: US, CA & MX

Chicago Review Press (Jun 2017)

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Overview

Discover the underdog story of how America came to dominate beer stylistically in The Audacity of Hops, the first book on American craft beer's history. First published in May 2013, this updated, fully revised edition offers the most thorough picture yet of one of the most interesting and lucrative culinary trends in the US since World War II. This portrait includes the titanic mergers and acquisitions, as well as major milestones and technological advances, that have swept craft beer in just the past few years. Acitelli weaves the story of American craft beer into the tales of trends such as slow food, the rise of the Internet, and the rebirth of America's urban areas. The backgrounds of America's favorite craft brewers, big and small, are here, including often-forgotten heroes from the movement's earliest days, as well as the history of homebrewing since Prohibition. Through it all, he paints an unforgettable portrait of plucky entrepreneurial triumph. This is the "book for the craft beer nerd who thinks he or she already knows the story" (Los Angeles Times), an "excellent history" (Slate) "lovingly told" (Wall Street Journal) for fans of good food and drink in general.

Reviews

"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 

"Everyone who cares about good beer owes Tom Acitelli a huge thanks: his history of American craft beer is lively, substantive, and thoughtful."  —Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

"Excellent history of the American craft brewing movement."  —Slate

"The story of America's beer, lovingly told here, is the story of the maturation and increased sophistication of the American palate."  —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 

Author Biography

Tom Acitelli, a 2016 James Beard Award finalist who has written about alcohol for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg View, has written the acclaimed histories of beer and wine, Audacity of Hops and American Wine.  Tony Magee is the founder and CEO of the Lagunitas Brewing Company and the author of So You Want to Start a Brewery?