The Audacity Of Hops

Anchor’s Liberty Ale, an original craft ale brewed in 1975
Anchor’s Liberty Ale, an original craft ale brewed in 1975

In 1975, there was a single craft brewery in the United States; today there are more than 2,000. A once-ungainly movement, craft beer has become abundant across the nation and even includes a honey ale brewed at the White House.

The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution, by Tom Acitelli, narrates the evolution of the industry and the beverage.

Based on interviews with all of the biggest and most influential names in craft brewing since the 1970s—including brewers, critics and marketers—The Audacity of Hops ($20) brims with charming, remarkable stories that, together, weave a very American business tale, one of formidable odds and refreshing success.

Beer giants once seemed untouchable while craft beer was merely a hobby for enthusiasts. It’s forever changed drinking habits and the beer beverage landscape. Powered by millions of knowledgeable, dedicated consumers and raking in billions of dollars annually for producers and retailers, the movement has changed the industry and the international reputation of American beer.

book_aHistory buffs and craft beer fans will love this book, and it’s just in time for the holidays, a birthday gift or a gift for no reason at all. It reads very well and is packed with fascinating historical tidbits, putting the growth of the industry into perspective in relation to the history of our nation. Entertaining, informative and accessible, this book is the first of its kind: the history of the other American revolution.

Tom Acitelli has written widely about beer, including his regular contributions to All About Beer, a brewing industry trade magazine.

He was a senior editor at the New York Observer for five years. Acitelli has also written for the New York Times, New York Post, Town & Country and Redbook.

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Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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