How the Beer of Kings Changed the World
By Tom Acitelli


304 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

ISBN 9781641601825

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Aug 2020)


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A book for both the beer geek and the foodie seeking a better understanding of modern food and drink
Best Book at the North American Guild Beers Writers"Effervescent and informative . . . This chronicle will intoxicate both beer nerds and history buffs." —Publishers Weekly A book for both the beer geek and the foodie seeking a better understanding of modern food and drink On the night of April 17, 1945, Allied planes dropped more than a hundred bombs on the Burghers' Brewery in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, destroying much of the birthplace of pilsner, the world's most popular beer style and the bestselling alcoholic beverage of all time.  Still, workers at the brewery would rally so they could have beer to toast their American, Canadian, and British liberators the following month. It was another twist in pilsner's remarkable story, one that started in a supernova of technological, political, and demographic shifts in the mid-1800s and that continues to unfold today anywhere alcohol is sold.  Tom Acitelli's Pilsner: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World tells that story, shattering myths about pilsner's very birth and about its immediate parentage.  A character-driven narrative that shows how pilsner influenced everything from modern-day advertising and marketing to immigration to today's craft beer movement. 


"Serious beer aficionados will love this detailed history of their favorite quaff."—Booklist 

"Pilsner, the book, is just like pilsner, my drink: bright, crisp, bubbly, fun, golden, and easy to knock back." —Meathead, author of the New York Times bestseller Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling 

"It was so interesting to look at a huge breadth of world history through the lens of a very specific topic. Incredible to map out the impact of this particular beer style on the course of history, as well as history's impact on the beer's change over time." —Joanna, Goodreads  

"It was a fun travelogue through the history of beer, making the characters and beer itself alive with every turn of the page. Beer lovers will love reading this book." —Fred, Goodreads  ?

"Tom Acitelli tells the vibrant story of the world's most beloved (and misunderstood) beer style. The characters, passions, and flavors of lagers and pilsners get the respectful treatment they deserve from an author regarded as one of beer's great historians." —John Holl, author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook and host of the Drink Beer, Think Beer podcast ?

"Expertly crafted from deep knowledge and sharp insight, Pilsner: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World finishes light, refreshing, and deeply satisfying. It's a lot like my favorite beer style, pilsner! Well done, Tom Acitelli." —Bill Covaleski, founder and brewmaster, Victory Brewing Company 

"Acitelli's confident, precise approach produces an entertaining narrative." —Kirkus Reviews 

"A surprisingly entertaining history."—Atlanta Journal Constitution Online

Author Biography

Tom Acitelli is the author of The Audacity of Hops, Whiskey Business, and American Wine. He was a 2016 James Beard Award finalist who has written about alcohol for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg View, among many others.