By Sean Lewis
An eye-opening trip into craft beer–making in the USA, and what you'll find within the quest to brew the ideal pint
Sean Lewis used to be residing in Boston whilst he first set foot contained in the Blue Hills Brewery. He used to be writing for BeerAdvocate magazine approximately America's craft brewers, and the then-fledgling Blue Hills used to be his first project. Lewis used to be instantly struck by way of the spirit of the brewers he met there. That stopover at might lead him first to an extensive examine of beer-brewing, and later to a nation-spanning trip into the heart―and the art―of American beer making.
What Lewis stumbled on alongside the way in which used to be a bunch of like-minded craftsmen―creators who were not afraid to talk their minds, who observed their opponents as adored neighbors. a gaggle who takes sheer pleasure of their paintings, and who seeks a similar type of stability of their lives as they do within the barrels they brew. He shared pints with pioneering upstarts like Paul and Kim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing corporation, and talked store with craft beer stalwarts like Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and bombastic innovators like Greg Koch (the "Arrogant Bastard" at the back of Stone Brewing Co.). He discovered, in them and others, a neighborhood that placed its soul into its paintings, who sees beer-making as an extension of themselves.
We Make Beer is not only a party of yank brewing, yet of the spirit that binds brewers jointly. it really is approximately what you could realize in your self in the event you placed your arms and your center into crafting the precise pint.
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