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Virginia Beer

A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age
Lee Graves


BUY Paper · 384 pp. · 4.5 × 8 · ISBN 9780813941714 · $24.95 · Oct 2018
BUY Ebook · 384 pp. · ISBN 9780813941721 · $24.95 · Oct 2018

The days of choosing between a handful of imports and a convenience store six-pack are long gone. The beer landscape in America has changed dramatically in the twenty-first century, as the nation has experienced an explosion in craft beer brewing and consumption. Nowhere is this truer than in Virginia, where more than two hundred independent breweries create beers of an unprecedented variety and serve an increasingly knowledgeable, and thirsty, population of beer enthusiasts.

As Lee Graves shows in his definitive new guide to Virginia beer, the Old Dominion’s central role in the current beer boom is no accident. Beer was on board when English settlers landed at Jamestown in 1607, and the taste for beer and expertise in brewing have only grown in the generations since. Graves offers an invaluable survey of key breweries throughout the Virginia, profiling the people and the businesses in each region that have made the state a rising star in the industry. The book is extensively illustrated and suggests numerous brewery tours that will point you in the right direction for your statewide beer crawl. From small farm breweries in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains to cavernous facilities in urban rings around the state, Virginians have created a golden age for flavorful beer. This book shows you how to best appreciate it.

Reviews:


Virginia’s history is vast and varied, as is her dynamic craft beer story. From colonial times to today’s exploding beer scene, Lee captures the essence of the Commonwealth’s unique beer heritage and place in the modern craft movement, as well as the state’s rise to a national destination for craft beer lovers.

Bill Butcher, Founder, Port City Brewing Company

Lee Graves is a first-rate writer—engaging and erudite—and his book is both an ideal introduction for newcomers to the basics of beer making and an indispensable addition to any beer aficionado’s library. Graves shows us the importance of Virginia in the history of American beer and in the current scene, and he offers the most useful manual for anyone planning to visit the state’s breweries.

Taylor Smack, Owner of Blue Mountain Brewery

Lee Graves relays the deep, rich history of brewing in the Old Dominion as never before, from the early colonists to the modern-day craft brewer. A great deal of research by the author is evident throughout the book, with direct quotes from many brewers, to lend insight into the current state of this vibrant industry.

Bill Madden, CEO/Brewer, Mad Fox Brewing Company

About the Author: 

Lee Graves is an award-winning beer writer and the author of Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City and Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson’s Shadow.

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