CRAFTY BASTARDSBeer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day
Lauren Clark

Take a giant swig of brewing past & present.

Crafty Bastards by Lauren ClarkClick for a sample.

  • Paperback, 6 x 9 in
  • 200 pages, B&W art
  • 978-1-934598-11-5
  • $18.50 US

The region that defined Yankee ingenuity has a beer heritage in keeping with its character. Brewing in New England goes back four centuries, beginning with the Pilgrims who dropped anchor in Plymouth because their supply of beer was running low. (After barely surviving the winter, they planted a crop of barley and soon brewed their first ale.) Making beer in New England hasn’t always been easy. Puritan housewives, Industrial Era beer moguls, and contemporary craft brewers alike have concocted humankind’s oldest beverage in the face of scarce ingredients, legal hurdles, and public indifference. But despite these challenges, beer continues to be a staple of New England life.

With Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day, Lauren Clark deepens our appreciation for the perfect pint. Giving voice to the inimitable Yankee spirit that allows New Englanders to faithfully produce some of the best beers in the nation, Clark invites readers to take a giant swig of brewing past and present.

Lauren Clarkis a journalist and former bartender and brewer and the Editor-in-Chief of Take Magazine in New England. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Jane, and Yankee Magazine. Clark is the founder of, which was featured in several Boston newspapers and magazines, the Massachusetts Beverage Business Journal, and Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh.

This is the New England the Puritans warned everybody about, but few have chronicled.
Wayne Curtis