A Perfect Pint's Beer Guide to the Heartland (Heartland Foodways) (Paperback)

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A Perfect Pint's Beer Guide to the Heartland (Heartland Foodways) (Paperback)


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Once dominated by megabreweries like Miller and G. Heilemann, the Midwest has in recent years become home to a dynamic craft beer industry at the core of America's current brewing renaissance. Beer writer and Certified Cicerone® Michael Agnew crisscrossed Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin sampling the astonishing variety of beers on offer at breweries and brewpubs. The result is a region-wide survey of the Midwestern craft beer scene. Packed with details on more than 200 breweries, A Perfect Pint's Beer Guide to the Heartland offers actual and armchair travelers alike a handbook that includes:
  • Agnew's exclusive choices on which beers to try at each location
  • Entries on every brewery's history and philosophy
  • Information on tours, tasting rooms and attached pubs, and dining options and other amenities
  • A survey of each brewery's brands, including its flagship beer plus seasonal brews and special releases
  • Brewery equipment and capacity
  • Nearby attractions

In addition, Agnew sets the stage with a history of Midwestern beer spanning the origins of the immigrant brewers who arrived in the 1800s to the homebrewers-made-good who have built a new kind of brewing culture founded on creativity, dedication to quality, and attention to customer feedback.

Informed and unique, A Perfect Pint's Beer Guide to the Heartland is the essential companion for beer aficionados and curious others determined to drink the best the Midwest has to offer.

Includes more than 150 full color images, including the region's most distinctive beer labels, trademarks, and company logos.

Michael Agnew writes about beer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Beer Connoisseur, and other publications and is the author of the homebrew recipe book Craft Beer for the Homebrewer. He blogs at A Perfect Pint, www.aperfectpint.net.
Product Details ISBN: 9780252078279
ISBN-10: 0252078276
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Heartland Foodways
"As someone who has written about beer for over thirty years I can tell you that it is almost impossible to write a book like this without falling into jargon or repetition of descriptions, and this author fell victim to neither. . . . This is research at its best."--Peter LaFrance, author of Cooking & Eating with Beer