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Since before Patriots like Paul Revere and Sam Adams fermented a revolution in smoky Beantown taverns, beer has been integral to the history of Boston. The city issued its first brewing license in 1630, and breweries like Haffenreffer Brewery and Ame

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Interesting book but could have used better editing. 10 Jan. 2015
By isolotus - Published on
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Read this last night (137 pgs). Norman is not as engaging a writer as foreword writer Kerry Byrne but there is no other book I know of that digs up the history of Boston's thriving brewing industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. Beantown had the most breweries per capita in the country during the early 1800's. No buildings remain from that era except the current Boston Beer Company headquarters in Jamaica Plain (complete buildings, there are remnants of others). Less a history than a chronological summary of the many breweries that flourished in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, and South Boston, this is the least well-written part of the book (feels like someone rushing an overdue book report in high school English) but I found it the most interesting part.

The 2nd part focuses on the histories of Boston's modern breweries with a lot of commentary from brewers themselves, notably Dann Paquette. There are only 4: Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams), Harpoon, Boston Beer Works, and the latest, Trillium. This section will appeal to the average reader as the quality of the writing improves greatly.

The 3rd and final section is a history of all the influential breweries in Boston that sparked the craft brewing phenomenon here in the 1990's but failed in the early 2000's due to a glut of bad craft brews in the market: Commonwealth Brewing Co., Back Bay Brewing Co., Northeast Brewing Co., and Tremont Brewing Company. Miller does a great job in the 2nd and 3rd parts but I think a lot of people may find the 1st section bewildering, boring, and bad.
who liked it a lot 14 Jan. 2015
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I bought this as a gift for my brother, who liked it a lot. I had occasion to meet the author at a beer tasting.
Great book 22 Dec. 2014
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Great gift for my bartender boyfriend. Really excited for Christmas!
Five Stars 7 Jan. 2015
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