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Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England From the Mayflower to Modern Day

Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England From the Mayflower to Modern Day


Lauren Clark  | 9781934598108

6 x 9 PB | 198 PPS | B&W

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. (They survived the winter, planted a crop of barley, and promptly 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 has always been and continues to be a staple of New England life.

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

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“Journalist Lauren Clark’s no-nonsense prose makes each fact pop, with the occasional wink at those ‘quiet, resilient’ New Englanders (comparing British soldiers at patriots’ taverns to Yankees in a Sox bar? Spot-on).” -Courtney Cox, Beer Advocate

“Lauren Clark has written a charming history of New England ‘suds’— beer, cider, ale, and any other alcoholic variations that could be made with locally-grown grains, grasses, and stalks. It’s a fascinating path that wanders from the very technical (yeast, alcohol content) to the political...”- Louisa Kasdon, Edible Boston

“Contemporary Boston beer ‘babes’ are smart, well-educated professionals who consider good brew a part of the sophisticated urban lifestyle. They recoil at old stereotypes.” -Kerry J. Byrne, Boston Herald

“Throughout this historic romp, the author deftly crams in as many tidbits as possible while weaving an engaging narrative, avoiding the stuffy tone that often accompanies history books ... Clark takes readers on an entertaining journey across five centuries of New England beer history, highlighting Yankee ingenuity as it relates to the region’s beer-making heritage and present.” –Jim Baumer, All About Beer