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By Sean Lewis

An eye-opening trip into craft beer–making in the US, and what you will find within the quest to brew the appropriate pint
Sean Lewis used to be residing in Boston whilst he first set foot contained in the Blue Hills Brewery. He was once writing for BeerAdvocate magazine approximately America's craft brewers, and the then-fledgling Blue Hills used to be his first project. Lewis used to be instantly struck through the spirit of the brewers he met there. That stopover at could lead him first to an extensive examine of beer-brewing, and later to a nation-spanning trip into the heart―and the art―of American beer making.

What Lewis came across alongside the way in which was once a gaggle of like-minded craftsmen―creators who were not afraid to talk their minds, who observed their rivals as loved neighbors. a bunch who takes sheer pleasure of their paintings, and who seeks an identical form of stability of their lives as they do within the barrels they brew. He shared pints with pioneering upstarts like Paul and Kim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing corporation, and talked store with craft beer stalwarts like Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and bombastic innovators like Greg Koch (the "Arrogant Bastard" at the back of Stone Brewing Co.). He came upon, in them and others, a group that placed its soul into its paintings, who sees beer-making as an extension of themselves.

We Make Beer is not only a party of yankee brewing, yet of the spirit that binds brewers jointly. it is approximately what you could realize in your self in the event you positioned your arms and your middle into crafting the suitable pint.

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