Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty

Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty


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Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty by Rich Wagner

The finely aged history of Philadelphia brewing has been fermenting since before the crack appeared in the Liberty Bell. By the time thirsty immigrants made the city the birthplace of the American lager in the nineteenth century, Philadelphia was already on the leading edge of the country's brewing technology and production. Today, the City of Brotherly Love continues to foster that enterprising spirit of innovation with an enviable community of bold new brewers, beer aficionados and brewing festivals. Pennsylvania brewery historian Rich Wagner takes readers on a satisfying journey from the earliest ale brewers and the heyday of lager beer through the dismally dry years of Prohibition and into the current craft-brewing renaissance to discover and celebrate the untapped history of Philadelphia beer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609494544
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Author Rich Wagner has developed tours of breweries past and present for Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the Lehigh Valley, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and south-central Pennsylvania. His interest in breweriana led to taking a very early retirement from his teaching career in order to participate in the emerging craft brewing industry. He attended the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he received a diploma in brewing technology and spent seven years working in Philadelphia's craft breweries. He has spent a decade as an officer of District Philadelphia, Master Brewers Association of the Americas, most of that time as secretary and membership chair. He currently spends his time researching and writing about Pennsylvania breweries and brewing techniques of antiquity. He is a public speaker and demonstrates colonial brewing.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lew Bryson 7

Preface 11

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction 15

Chapter 1 Brewing in Early Philadelphia 17

Chapter 2 Growth of Ale Breweries 27

Chapter 3 Lager Beer 35

Chapter 4 Neighborhoods of Breweries 43

Chapter 5 Prohibition 89

Chapter 6 After Repeal 101

Chapter 7 The Craft Brewing Renaissance 121

Bibliography 145

Index 49

About the Author 157

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