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The Birth of the Craft Brew Revolution

The Birth of the Craft Brew Revolution

by Ben Novak
The Birth of the Craft Brew Revolution

The Birth of the Craft Brew Revolution

by Ben Novak


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It's 1984, and in America's "Happy Valley" one local attorney is confronting an Orwellian dystopia in beer. Only five years have passed since the lifting of the prohibition against home brewing, and America's palate atrophies from commercial sameness. In "The Birth of the Craft Brew Revolution" Dr. Ben Novak presents his complete collection of 71 columns first published in the Centre Daily Times on the joys of beer. As fresh and accessible now as then, this collection will especially delight those reflexively anti-drink, the student who loves its effects but is dumb to its essence, historians and lovers of Central Pennsylvania's Nittany Valley, and all those who think of beer as little more than another amusement on the adventure of life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484076262
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Ben Novak, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on February 15, 1943, graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1965. As a student he served as president of the Undergraduate Student Government in his senior year and as a brother at Tau Kappa Epsilon.

In 1968 he graduated from Georgetown University Law School. From 1968 to 1970 he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, Infantry, including a year in Viet Nam where he won the Bronze Star.

In 1968 Novak was admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania. He practiced law in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years, with his own firm in State College and Bellefonte.

While living in Centre County for more than three decades, Novak was widely involved in the community. He was, at various times: founder of the Mount Nittany Conservancy; president of Lion’s Paw Alumni Association; a Ph.D recipient in philosophy, history, and political science from Penn State; and an adjunct professor and assistant dean of students at Penn State. From 1988 to 2000 Novak served on Penn State’s Board of Trustees.

In 2000 he retired, moving to Bratislava in Slovakia, his family’s ancestral home. In 2008 he returned to the United States to advise students at Penn State, and has earnestly sought a renewal in University life according to the vision of Evan Pugh and the Founders of Penn State for many years.

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