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The Audacity of Hops
The Audacity of Hops

The Audacity of Hops

The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution

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416 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: May 2013

ISBN 9781613743881

Rights: US, CA & MX

Chicago Review Press (May 2013)

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Overview

The first and only history of the American craft beer movement

In 1975, there was a single craft brewery in the United States; today there are more than 2,000. A once-fledgling, clumsy movement, craft beer has become ubiquitous nationwide and even includes a honey ale brewed at the White House. Powered by millions of savvy, devoted consumers and raking in billions of dollars annually for producers and retailers, the movement has changed the industry landscape and the international reputation of American beer, upended the big beer giants that once seemed untouchable, and altered forever drinking habits, closet hobbies, and bar conversation. But the epic narrative of this class of brew has never been chronicled in one volume—until now. Based on interviews with all of the biggest and most influential names in craft brewing since the 1970s—including brewers, critics, and marketers—The Audacity of Hops brims with charming, remarkable stories, which together weave a very American business tale, one of formidable odds and refreshing success. The Audacity of Hops will be the holiday and birthday gift for every craft beer lover. Entertaining, informative, and accessible, this book is the first of its kind: the definitive history of the other American revolution.

Reviews

"This is the story of how the 'Kingdom of Beer' was returned to the drinker. It's about the nurturing of the beer epiphany in a time when word of a revolution in the making was passed on one glass of brew at a time. The Audacity of Hops is an absorbing reflection on what goes into every professional craft-brewed beer in America. Impassioned millions have taken the kingdom back."  —Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association and author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing 

"Everyone who cares about good beer owes Tom Acitelli a huge thanks: his history of American craft beer is lively, substantive, and thoughtful."  —Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

"Excellent history of the American craft brewing movement."  —Slate

"Mr. Acitelli's exhaustive chronicle of the American beer revolution . . . lovingly told."  —The Wall Street Journal

"Highly quaffable and enjoyable. You can crack open a section or two, pore over it for an hour or so, and familiarize yourself with the moments and luminaries who contributed heavily to the American brewing renaissance. Heady stuff."  —Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and author of Brewing Up a Business

"[Tom Acitelli]'s thorough research into the craft beer revolution tells a great story and shows how a ragtag yet purposeful group of passionate individuals can build an industry. He did an amazing job capturing the characters, improbable tales, and astounding passion that make up the craft brewing community."  —Ken Grossman, founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

"A lot of beer books come across my desk, but few are as thorough, well-researched and approachable as The Audacity of Hops. Author Tom Acitelli takes a reporter's approach to telling the story of the rise of craft beer in America."  —Evan S. Benn, Esquire magazine beer columnist

"Journalist and beer-lover Acitelli's exceptional document of this remarkable growth profiles the brewers, breweries, and brewhounds that have played a part in today's booming craft beer industry . . . It's an ingenious means of telling a story with so many influential characters, and Acitelli pulls it off, with an eye for detail and a nose for drama."  —Publishers Weekly 

Author Biography

Tom Acitelli has written widely about beer, including as a regular contributor to All About Beer, the brewing industry’s leading trade magazine. He was a senior editor at the New York Observer, New York City’s leading weekly newspaper, for five years. Acitelli has also written for the New York Times, the New York Post, Town & Country, and Redbook.