Discover the story of how America came to dominate beer stylistically in Tom Acitelli’s The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution. Based on extensive research as well as interviews with the American craft beer movement’s key players going back to the 1960s, this acclaimed book is the most comprehensive chronicle yet of one of the most interesting and lucrative culinary trends in the U.S. since World War II. Acitelli weaves the story of the rise of American craft beer into the tales of trends like Slow Food and the rebirth of America’s urban areas, and paints an unforgettable portrait of plucky entrepreneurial triumph that fans of good food and drink will find refreshing.
Like others of the post-Panisse generation, I take it on faith that we were, once upon a time, stuck in a dark and tasteless age, but I was some years shy of legal drinking age when I pulled an Anchor Steam out of a cooler at a garden party. The revolution had long since begun, and the decades since have seen an incredible proliferation of excellent foodstuffs: our cheese, our ham, our coffee—it’s really time to drop the act. The story of America’s beer, lovingly told here, is the story of the maturation and increased sophistication of the American palate. — Max Watman in the Wall Street Journal
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