Craft Beer Country: In Search of the Best Breweries from the South Pacific to the Pacific Coast

Craft Beer Country: In Search of the Best Breweries from the South Pacific to the Pacific Coast

by Kirk Richardson


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Food and travel writer Kirk Richardson is searching for the best craft beer breweries in North America. From the shores of Southern California to the ports of New England and everywhere in between, Kirk brings together exceptional craft beers and stories from the unique characters who make them. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a pint, and relax: you're in Craft Beer Country.

For the first leg of his four-region trek, Kirk travels from sunny Maui, Hawaii to chilly Juneau, Alaska, in search of palate-pleasing ales and lagers and camaraderie with some of the best minds in craft brewing. Whether you just love a good pint from time to time or you are a bona fide beer connoisseur, Craft Beer Country: In Search of the Best Breweries from the South Pacific to the Pacific Coast is your tasting guide to the region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643071671
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Food and beverage writer Kirk Richardson lives in Oregon's picturesque Willamette Valley with wife Lisa, dog Tally, cat Louie, and two refrigerators full of craft beer. He enjoys those ales and lagers with good backyard barbecue and other delicious foods, at least when he isn't off somewhere meeting old pals and new friends while discovering some of the very best breweries in North America. You can reach Kirk at

Table of Contents

Breweries vii

Into Craft Beer Country 1

1 Paradise by the Pint 5

2 Strange Times with Sour Beer 12

3 The Beer Engineer in Barley Country 19

4 Back to Nature in a Beerhive 29

5 The Flavor Technician from Great Britain 37

6 Caught in a Downpour of IPAs 45

7 Catch of the Day 53

8 Heading into the Heart of Hops Country 58

9 Bringing It All Together in Boise 67

10 Beer and the Lost Art of Conversation 74

11 Adventures in Beer Tasting 80

12 Nerding Out on Craft Beer in P-town 88

13 From Start-up Blues to World Cup Gold 97

14 From Black Butte to Deep Dark Abyss 104

15 The Beer-Brewing Lawman in Lederhosen 110

16 Stumbling on Old Crusty in Rogue Nation 116

17 Taking Craft Beer to New Heights 123

18 Chilling Out at an Aussie's Beer Oasis 133

Photographs 137

19 Bahl Hornin with a Brightlighter 153

20 Racing Through Beer in Wine Country 162

21 Celebrating Beer with Brew Free! or Die IPA 169

22 Beer Sanctuary by the Bay 177

23 Now You See It, Now You Don't 182

24 Getting a Good Buzz on Avocado Honey 190

25 A Pleasant Surprise in Placentia 196

26 Searching for Arthur's Lost Abbey 203

27 Guardians of the Craft 209

28 Smooch Landing in Fighter town 217

29 More Fun than a Barrel of Monkeys 226

30 Soaking up Suds in Sin City 232

31 A Hidden Gem Under the Neon Lights 238

32 Finding Beer in the Last Frontier 245

33 Exploring Craft Beer Country 255

Acknowledgments 277

About the Author 279

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