Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries from America's Heartland [NOOK Book]

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Locally Brewed celebrates the Midwest's craft brewing movement with profiles of 20 of the area's brewmasters and their breweries. These are entertaining and inspiring stories of the individuals who have been essential in the exponential growth of this movement, as told through vivid interviews, beautiful photography, and dynamic artwork.

In just the past 20 years, beer has been transformed from a "low-class" drink to a pluralistic, populist ...
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Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries from America's Heartland

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Overview

Locally Brewed celebrates the Midwest's craft brewing movement with profiles of 20 of the area's brewmasters and their breweries. These are entertaining and inspiring stories of the individuals who have been essential in the exponential growth of this movement, as told through vivid interviews, beautiful photography, and dynamic artwork.

In just the past 20 years, beer has been transformed from a "low-class" drink to a pluralistic, populist drink with the same stylistic diversity and caring craftsmanship as wine. One of the strongest hotbeds of this cultural shift is in the Midwest, where independently owned craft brewers focus on the creative, artisanal elements of the beer-making process. Locally Brewed explores these trends and the fun, fascinating, and unique details of each brewery, including label art, hand-pull designs, and of course the brews themselves.

This is a book that can be enjoyed by the “beer geek” and the casual imbiber alike, as it emphasizes the people behind the beer as well as the beers they brew. Special sidebars and pullouts show what makes each brewery special, weaving together the story of the indie beer movement, relevant to both small-town Midwesterners and big-city beer lovers.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
Craft brewing is a growing industry around the country. In this book, Blessing focuses on the Midwest, spotlighting 20 breweries and cideries, the companies' key personnel, and products. Each lavishly photographed chapter connects the reader to the people behind some intriguing-sounding brews. The result is similar to the author's previous title, Locally Grown, which brought a winning, personal approach to a survey of American artisanal farms. The brewery owners and brewmasters are an affable, motley assortment. For some, their craft is a family matter, built on deep roots in a community, whereas for others, it has meant changes in career and setting. Of particular interest are Deborah Carey of Wisconsin's New Glarus, a rare woman leading a brewery, and the 5 Rabbit Cerveceria in Illinois, which taps into the vibrant Latino community in the area. VERDICT While some of the beverages mentioned have limited availability outside their regions, this warmly written set of profiles should find fans in beer enthusiasts anywhere and may attract aficionados to the heartland. Purchase for libraries with a collection emphasis on beer and brewing in the Midwest.—Peter Hepburn, Coll. of the Canyons Lib., Santa Clarita, CA
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Praise for LOCALLY BREWED:

“An informative yet disarmingly easy read that captures the essence of each brewery though simply told stories, beautiful photography, and dynamic artwork. But it’s the non-elitist approach and her departures from the obvious that really make her book work." —American Craft Beer

"It really shines a light on the wonderful brewing community here in the Midwest that often doesn't get explored quite as deeply as the coasts…. It's a very beautiful book." —Strange Brews, WBEZ

"Keenly surveys 20 small breweries including Two Brothers in Warrenville and Metropolitan Brewing in Chicago." —David Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times

"Blessing, a photographer as well as a writer, wants people to get to know the brewers behind the breweries… even the completist could learn something from reading it.” —Isthmus

"Locally Brewed is fun and engaging, a unique look inside regional craft brewing that will easily make mouths water. Beer aficionados may well finish the book itching to rush off to an unexplored brewery or the nearest brewpub... In the end, Blessing’s new book is rich, creamy, and deep in flavor, just like a good craft brew." – Chicago Review of Books

"Blessing’s fun and attractively-designed book is a love letter to brands both established and emerging across the beer-soaked Midwest." —Weekly Pint

"These are entertaining and inspiring stories of the individuals who have been essential in the exponential growth of this movement, as told through vivid interviews, beautiful photography, and dynamic artwork." —Midwest Booksellers Association, choosing book as a February Pick

“An entertaining coffee table book and a fantastic summer travel guide” —Milwaukee Magazine

"Anna Blessing’s book is a paean to the upper Midwest’s craft community…. Locally Brewed succeeds in its goal to introduce you to the people behind the beers coming out of the Great Lakes… But above all else, it makes you want to seek out these breweries.” —DC Beer

"With interviews, photos, and a[n] aesthetically pleasing layout, this book is not only informational but easy and interesting to read." —The Growler

Praise for Anna Blessing's previous book, LOCALLY GROWN:

"Part cookbook, part storybook, it's an irresistible collection of feel-good anecdotes, vivid photographs, and recipes from both chefs and farmers." —Carly Boers, Chicago magazine

"An inspirational glimpse into one vibrant area of the local food movement." —Kirkus Reviews

"[Locally Grown] spotlights entrepreneurial sustainable farmers in the Midwest and the Chicago chefs who use their ingredients.... Each farmer's story is accompanied by anecdotes from well-known Chicago chefs, including Paul Kahan and Stephanie Izard, who describe how relationships with these growers are central to the success of their own small businesses." —Judith Nemes, Crain's Chicago Business

"We love supporting the local movement, and this book has us craving a road trip to see the process firsthand." —PureWow

"A truly engaging look at [the] Midwestern farm." —Amy Azzarito, Design*Sponge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572847293
  • Publisher: Agate
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 359,651
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Anna Blessing is the author and photographer of Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisanal Farms from America’s Heartland as well as 14 editions of the eat.shop/rather city guides. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.
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Table of Contents


1 August Schell Brewing Co.: New Ulm, Minnesota
2. Bell's Brewery, Inc.: Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Comstock, Michigan
3. Lakefront Brewery, Inc.: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4. Great Lakes Brewing Company: Cleveland, Ohio
5. New Glarus Brewing Company: New Glarus, Wisconsin
6. Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub : Munster, Indiana
7. Founder Brewing Co.: Grand Rapids, Michigan
8. Two Brothers Brewing Company: Warrenville, Illinois
9 Central Waters Brewing Company: Amherst, Wisconsin
10. Dark Horse Brewing Co.: Marshall, Michigan
11. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria: Chicago, Illinois
12. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Dexter, Michigan
13. Short’s Brewing Company: Bellaire, Michigan
14. Surly Brewing Co.: Minneapolis, Minnesota
15. Metropolitan Brewing Company: Chicago, Illinois
16. Steel Toe Brewing: Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
17. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria: Chicago, Illinois
18. Greenbush Brewing Company: Sawyer, Michigan
19. Virtue Cider: Fennville, Illinois
20. Jared Rouben: Chicago, Illinois
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