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True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana

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During the seventy-fifth anniversary year of the repeal of Prohibition, an emerging generation of Indiana craft beer brewers sat down with their friend and fellow beer aficionado Rita T. Kohn for in-depth interviews on the trials and tribulations of pursuing their passion. The result is a fascinating social history of the growth of handcrafted beer within the state. True Brew vibrantly details the brewers' journeys in the creation and sharing of their brews. Continuity, interconnectedness, and civic concern are ...

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Overview

During the seventy-fifth anniversary year of the repeal of Prohibition, an emerging generation of Indiana craft beer brewers sat down with their friend and fellow beer aficionado Rita T. Kohn for in-depth interviews on the trials and tribulations of pursuing their passion. The result is a fascinating social history of the growth of handcrafted beer within the state. True Brew vibrantly details the brewers' journeys in the creation and sharing of their brews. Continuity, interconnectedness, and civic concern are themes that permeate their stories, but readers may be surprised by the brewers' strong advocacy for restoring buildings, invigorating neighborhoods, and practicing sustainability. Join Kohn, Indiana's leading brew masters, and a burgeoning crop of homebrewers as they reflect on the historical, cultural, social, and economic contributions made to Indiana by one of the world's oldest beverages.

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Editorial Reviews

NUVO

"This handsome (and heavy!) book has been given a lovely treatment... so it can spend part of its time on your coffee table at home, and part of its time at a local pub." —NUVO

ForeWord Reviews

"Through Kohn's narrative and Arnold's photographs, it's revealed that craft beer is a hidden, yet defining aspect of Indiana culture." —ForeWord Reviews, August 5, 2010

Illinois State Magazine

"Kohn's book is an appealing look at the history of craft beer and particularly Indiana brewers—both brew masters and homebrewers.... Her lively style and informative details make for engrossing reading, even without a brewsky in hand." —Illinois State Magazine, Spring 2011

www.gottagoelizabeth.blogspot.com
"True Brew is the perfect book whether you are looking to learn about Hoosier craft beers, someone already in the business wanting to hear about the good ole days, or a novice beer drinker or brewer looking for advice and tips. Rita Kohn's True Brew wraps up the history, stories and facts in an enjoyable read." —gottagoelizabeth.blogspot.com, 8/10/2011
Bob Mack

"Breweries have always reflected the tastes and culture of society. In no place is that more true than Indiana. Our ever-evolving appetite for Hoosier beers has changed for the better and Rita Kohn has captured the process as it happens." —Bob Mack, World Class Beverages

gottagoelizabeth.blogspot.com

"True Brew is the perfect book whether you are looking to learn about Hoosier craft beers, someone already in the business wanting to hear about the good ole days, or a novice beer drinker or brewer looking for advice and tips. Rita Kohn's True Brew wraps up the history, stories and facts in an enjoyable read." —gottagoelizabeth.blogspot.com, 8/10/2011

NUVO - Kevin McKinney

"The stories in this book illustrate continuity, interconnectedness, and civic concern... illuminate constant change grounded in a love of tradition... involve us in all aspects of the craft beer industry." —Kevin McKinney, editor and publisher, NUVO

From the Publisher
"Through Kohn's narrative and Arnold's photographs, it's revealed that craft beer is a hidden, yet defining aspect of Indiana culture." —ForeWord Reviews, August 5, 2010

"This handsome (and heavy!) book has been given a lovely treatment... so it can spend part of its time on your coffee table at home, and part of its time at a local pub." —NUVO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253222145
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,376,346
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita T. Kohn is a senior writer for NUVO Newsweekly where her weekly "Beer Buzz" appears along with her reviews of the arts. She is senior editor of Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians (IUP, 1997) and editor (with James W. Brown) of Long Journey Home: Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians (IUP, 2007).

Kris Arnold is a professional photographer and a web developer for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. His work has appeared in NUVO Newsweekly, Gambit Weekly, and Terrorizer magazine.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Photographs xi

Foreword Johnny Fincioen Claudine Van Massenhove xiii

Preface: Learning Our Story Is a Journey xv

Acknowledgments xix

Part 1 The Background

A History of Brewing: From Iraq to Indiana in 120 Centuries Bob Ostrander 5

Brew Heads: Local Brewers Gather for First-Ever Roundtable 13

Beer Judging Paul Edwards 24

Homebrew Supply Joan Easley 28

Homebrew Supply Anita Johnson 32

Part 2 The Brewers

Central Indiana 41

Lafayette Brewing Company 42

Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery 53

Brass Monkey Brewing Company 61

Barley Island Brewing Company 64

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Downtown 74

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery College Park 78

Ram Restaurant & Brewery 83

Sun King Brewery 88

Alcatraz Brewing Company 90

Broad Ripple Brewpub 93

Brugge Brasserie 97

Oaken Barrel Brewing Company 108

Upland Brewing Company 123

Bloomington Brewing Company 133

Northwest Indiana 147

Mishawaka Brewing Company 148

Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant 158

Crown Brewing Company 169

Back Road Brewery 176

Three Floyds Brewing Company 179

Brickworks Brewing Company 181

Northeast Indiana 187

Mad Anthony Brewing Company 188

Warbird Brewing Company 192

Granite City Food & Brewery 197

Southwest Indiana 201

Turoni's Pizzery and Brewery 202

Southeast Indiana 211

Power House Brewing Company 212

LiL' Charlie's Restaurant and Brewery 221

Great Crescent Brewery 222

New Albanian Brewing Company 224

Part 3 The Business

Brewers of Indiana Guild Penn Jensen 237

Indiana State Fair Andy Klotz 243

Kahn's Fine Wines and Spirits Cari Crowe 247

Cavalier Distributing Company Mat Gerdenich 250

Afterword Kevin McKinney 255

List of Interviewees 257

Index 259

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