Published by William Morrow (June 2016)
From the author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit-a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance bestseller-comes the rollicking and revealing history of beer in America, written in the spirit of Salt or Cod.
In The United States of Beer, Dane Huckelbridge charts the surprisingly fascinating history of Americans’ relationship with their most popular alcoholic beverage. Huckelbridge chronicles how beer has evolved along with the country—from a local and regional product (once upon a time every American city has its own brewery and iconic beer brand) to the rise of global mega-brands like Budweiser and Miller that are synonymous with U.S. capitalism.
We learn of George Washington’s failed attempt to brew beer at Mount Vernon with molasses instead of barley, of the 19th century “Beer Barons” like Captain Frederick Pabst, Adolphus Busch, and Joseph Schlitz who revolutionized commercial brewing and built lucrative empires—and the American immigrant experience—and of the advances in brewing and bottling technology that allowed beer to flow in the saloons of the Wild West. Throughout, Huckelbridge draws connections between seemingly remote fragments of the American past, and shares his reports from the frontlines of today’s craft-brewing revolution.
The author’s breezy style is a perfect match for his subject. For readers interested in American history and a must-read for all beer lovers.
Dane Huckelbridge hails from the American Middle West and holds a degree in history from Princeton University. He is a cofounder of the international arts and culture magazine GUTFIRE!, and his work has appeared in various magazines and journals, including Tin House, New Delta Review, and Pology Magazine. He divides his time between New York City and Paris.