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Locally Brewed celebrates the Midwest's craft brewing movement with profiles of 20 of the area's brewmasters and their breweries. These are entertaining and inspiring stories of the individuals who have been essential in the exponential growth of this movement, as told through vivid interviews, beautiful photography, and dynamic artwork.
In just the past 20 years, beer has been transformed from a "low-class" drink to a pluralistic, populist drink with the same stylistic diversity and caring craftsmanship as wine. One of the strongest hotbeds of this cultural shift is in the Midwest, where independently owned craft brewers focus on the creative, artisanal elements of the beer-making process. Locally Brewed explores these trends and the fun, fascinating, and unique details of each brewery, including label art, hand-pull designs, and of course the brews themselves.
This is a book that can be enjoyed by the beer geek” and the casual imbiber alike, as it emphasizes the people behind the beer as well as the beers they brew. Special sidebars and pullouts show what makes each brewery special, weaving together the story of the indie beer movement, relevant to both small-town Midwesterners and big-city beer lovers.
Anna H. Blessing researched, wrote, and photographed 14 editions of the eat.shop book series in addition to being a regular contributor to many other print and online publications, including Lucky, for which she was an editor for six years. She lives in Chicago.
Table of Contents
1 August Schell Brewing Co. | New Ulm, Minnesota 2. Bell's Brewery, Inc. | Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Comstock, Michigan 3. Lakefront Brewery, Inc. | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 4. Great Lakes Brewing Company | Cleveland, Ohio 5. New Glarus Brewing Company | New Glarus, Wisconsin 6. Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub | Munster, Indiana 7. Founder Brewing Co. | Grand Rapids, Michigan 8. Two Brothers Brewing Company | Warrenville, Illinois 9 Central Waters Brewing Company | Amherst, Wisconsin 10. Dark Horse Brewing Co. | Marshall, Michigan 11. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria | Chicago, Illinois 12. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales | Dexter, Michigan 13. Short’s Brewing Company | Bellaire, Michigan 14. Surly Brewing Co. | Minneapolis, Minnesota 15. Metropolitan Brewing Company | Chicago, Illinois 16. Steel Toe Brewing | Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 17. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria | Chicago, Illinois 18. Greenbush Brewing Company | Sawyer, Michigan 19. Virtue Cider | Fennville, Illinois 20. Jared Rouben | Chicago, Illinois