Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day by Lauren Clark

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Local journalist and beer brewer Lauren Clark has delivered a well researched and witty book about the history of beer and the explosive emergence of craft beer brewing in the New England area. Starting with the Pilgrims first landing in Plymouth, Lauren explores the rich history and vital importance that beer had on the first settlers of America. With scarce resources, the early settlers of our nation had to get creative, using corn, spruce tree branches, pumpkins (actual pumpkins, not our modern nutmeg laced “pumpkin” beers), and molasses, as ingredients. These unique ingredients lead to some...interesting...flavors. Beer, as both a source of nutrition and reliably safe form of hydration, was an essential element of the Pilgrims survival in the New World, however, it was also a source of contention, as overindulgence was common and threatened their religious way of life. This conflict would culminate in the passing of prohibition years later. In the aftermath of Prohibition, the New England beer industry saw a big resurgence. With great detail, Clark explores the creation, and in some cases, failure, of post prohibition New England beer companies like Narragansett, Samuel Adams, Haffenreffer, Harpoon, Smuttynose, and many, many others. This is a great book for anyone thirsty for local history and beer/craft beer history. Cheers! Check our catalog

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