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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613743882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613743881
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the story of how the "Kingdom of Beer" was returned to the drinker by little guys and gals who loved beer. 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 glass of homebrew and professional craft-brewed beer in America. Impassioned millions have taken the kingdom back." --Charlie Papazian, author, "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" and the founder of The American Homebrewers Association

"This book is a delightful read, painstakingly researched, often humorous, and filled with stories that breathe life into the birth of our industry." --David L. Geary, president of D. L. Geary Brewing Company.""

"This is a highly quaffable and enjoyable craft beer book. You can crack open a section or two, pour over it for an hour or so, and familiarize yourself with the moments and luminaries who contributed heavily to the American brewing renaissance. This is heady stuff."- Sam Calagione, President and Founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

"All of us in the craft beer business have stories to tell about the American Craft Beer Revolution. Tom Acitelli has woven them together into a fascinating history- adventure story where good beer is the hero. This is an exciting telling of the history of our industry with a happily-ever-after ending for beer lovers all over the world." --Jim Koch, Founder and Brewer of The Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager""

"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"

""The Audacity of Hops" chronicles the rich history of America's craft brewing revolution with deft portraits of the resourceful pioneers, the innovative brewers, and the intrepid entrepreneurs who are changing the way the world thinks about beer." --Steve Hindy, cofounder of Brooklyn Brewery and coauthor of "Beer School"

"This book is a delightful read, painstakingly researched, often humorous, and filled with stories that breathe life into the birth of our industry." --David L. Geary, president of D. L. Geary Brewing Company

"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.

"All of us in the business have tales to tell about the American craft beer revolution. Tom Acitelli has woven them together into a fascinating history/adventure story where good beer is the hero. This is an exciting telling with a happily-ever-after ending for beer lovers all over the world." --Jim Koch, Founder and Brewer of The Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager""

"Don Younger, the legendary publican who helped Portland, Oregon, become 'Beervana, ' once said, 'We didn't know we were making history, nobody does at the time, or we would have written these things down.' Tom Acitelli has discovered an astonishing amount of what did get written down, then done the legwork to find his own story about a new age in American beer." --Stan Hieronymus, editor and founder of "Appel""lation Beer" and author of "For the Love of Hops"

"An invaluable resource for connoisseurs." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"It's an exhaustive look at the genesis of craft brewing. Its emphasis is less technical and more people-oriented, a refreshing read amid the many "how to brew" or glossary-heavy books on the subject."--"The Plain Dealer"

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

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" "

About the Author

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.""


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By Robbo on 11 Jan. 2014
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This was for my daughter ,so i think she likes it cos it is on her bike and she uses it every day.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Much-Needed History of Craft Beer 15 May 2013
By Ken Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
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Tom killed it with this book. A readable, hugely detailed, heavily researched history of the craft-beer movement. Beautifully done, and a must-read for anyone serious about understanding the context of what's going on in craft beer today.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book covering the rise of craft beer 16 Feb. 2014
By Waialae Will - Published on Amazon.com
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This book follows the history of the craft beer revolution from the day that Fritz Maytag decided to buy the Anchor Brewery (to preserve his favorite beer), to others who felt that American beer needed more flavor and started their own small breweries. As well as others who had a good recipe for beer and contracted with other breweries to make their beer. How beer drinkers responded by buying this better tasting beer and eventually getting notice from the big brewers (who had previously only sold what they thought would sell).
The narrative wanders across the country and elsewhere telling the stories of those who thought American beer was lacking in taste and what they did to improve their beer. How Fritz Maytag learned how to make consistently excellent beer . From Jack McAuliffe who put together New Albion Brewing in Sonoma, CA from scratch and labored night and day to brew and sell beer that was well-liked but could not keep the brewery open for long, to Paul Grossman and Ken Camusi, who founded Sierra Nevada Beer in Chico, CA (also from scratch) and managed to create a popular beer that was successful. Helping things along was Michael Lewis, professor of fermentation science at UC Davis (the only brewing professor in the west) who provided advice to beginning brewers.Then there were many others across the country who made the leap from home brewer to small breweries. While others like Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company, had a regional brewery make his beer under contract. (He had originally thought that a brewery needed a computer to keep track of records, only to be told that it was better have many customers before buying a computer. So he brewed up test batches and bottled them, then peddled the beer from restaurant to restaurant to get the customers.) The demand for his beer and availability of surplus brewing space at some breweries gave him the idea of contracting out the brewing while he took care of sales.
There were so many people interested in this new style of beer that an annual gathering of beer fans was created, "The Great American Beer Festival," where small breweries and home brewers could show off their beers. A system of judging was developed where the best beer in a category would get a gold medal, runners-up silver and bronze medals. Breweries that won medals were encouraged to market their winning beers more than others so a better product could be produced. Beer drinkers really took to craft beers and drank less beer from big breweries, which led to the following reaction. Miller came out with "Lite" Beer (based on an European low-alcohol beer) which went over well. Soon every large brewery had a light beer, which took a chuck out of craft beer sales. Then some years later, the big breweries invested in their own craft breweries, figuring if you can't beat them, join them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of Craft Beer's Evolution 9 Feb. 2014
By Ben Schwantes - Published on Amazon.com
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Good general overview of the evolution of craft beer over the past three decades. Acitelli does a nice job tracing the various strains of the craft beer movement including homebrewers, DIY craft brewers, and contract brewers. At times, the book reads more like an compilation of encyclopedia articles than a full-fledged book, but perhaps that is the trade off for such a comprehensive survey of the industry. If you like craft beer, have an interest in business history, or just want to know a little more about brewing in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, give this book a shot.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the rise of craft beers in the United States 14 Jan. 2014
By Doug Erlandson - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter gave me "The Audacity of Hops" as a Christmas gift. As a home brewer I put this book right at the top of my list of books to read. I was not disappointed. This may not be the complete history of the craft beer revolution in this country, but it comes close. I enjoyed reading about the history of some of the breweries whose beers I have sampled, and learned a great deal about the starts and stops, strides and stumbles of the craft beer revolution. I was especially interested in the story of Fritz Maytag. As someone who special-orders Maytag blue cheese to put on my daily salad, I found it especially interesting that one of the pioneers of craft beer in this country was a member of that illustrious family from Newton, Iowa.

For the most part this book is well written. I especially enjoyed the photographs interspersed throughout the text, which provided faces to go with some of the many names of those involved in this burgeoning grassroots business. Anyone with an interest in craft beer will enjoy reading "The Audacity of Hops."
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and informative, but the prose and storytelling is poorly structured and chaotic reducing down to near word vomit 23 April 2015
By Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
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Thorough and dense with information, but the storytelling is chaotic, haphazard, with essentially just word vomit of a 100 mini-stories smashed together with no theme, direction, characterization. Impossible to follow the thirty characters introduced each chapter. It reads like a collage put together of every craft beer related newspaper clipping for the past thirty years.
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