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
On the night of April 17, 1945, Allied planes dropped 111 bombs on the Burghers' Brewery in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, destroying much of the birthplace of pilsner, the world's most popular beer style and the best-selling 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 in the craft breweries of today. Tom Acitelli's Pilsner: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World tells that story.Pilsner shatters myths about pilsner's very birth and about its immediate parentage. Acitelli, author of the craft beer history The Audacity of Hops and the James Beard finalist American Wine, also pops the top on new insights into the pilsner style and into beer in general through a character-driven narrative that shows how pilsner influenced everything from modern-day advertising and marketing to today's craft beer movement.


"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 Best Seller Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue And Grilling

"Effervescent and informative…This chronicle will intoxicate both beer nerds and history buffs."—Publishers Weekly

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

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,