The Audacity of Hops
The Audacity of Hops
The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution
By Tom Acitelli
Chicago Review Press, Paperback, 9781613743881, 400pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2013
“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
"Everyone who cares about good beer owes Tom Acitelli a huge thanks: his history of American craft beer is lively, substantive, and thoughtful. It’s time to celebrate—and I’m buying the first round.” —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 the wonderful, inexpensive beverage, beer." —Steve Hindy, cofounder of Brooklyn Brewery, 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.
“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
“[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 voice of the early characters, improbable tales, and astounding passion that makes up the craft brewing community.” —Ken Grossman, founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
“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
“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 Appellation Beer