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‘The Craft Beer Revolution’ by Steve Hindy – Book Review



‘The Craft Beer Revolution’ by Steve Hindy

ISBN: 978-1-137-27876-0

Steve Hindy is the founder of Brooklyn Brewery, and is one of the great success stories of the American craft brewing industry. He takes us on a journey from the earliest days of enthusiastic home-brewers, MBA graduates and wealthy businessmen dipping their collective toes into the unknown waters of alternative beers. They were alternative because in the mid 60s there were no real options for the American beer drinker other than a bunch of similar tasting lagers of very little note. Steve Hindy knows all the protagonists, and has some interesting tales to tell!

If your vision of the craft beer revolution is a brotherhood of bearded home-brewers bravely taking the plunge together, helping each other, drinking one another’s beers and stepping forward, challenging the great ‘domestic’ mega breweries as one, then Steve Hindy’s history will be quite the eye-opener. Tales of  jealousy, marketing hi-jinx and raging arguments at beer festivals and various beery organisations are just some of the things that the ‘craft beer revolutionaries’  had to overcome.Together with bully-boy tactics from the large breweries with distribution, legal barriers and financial woes it’s a wonder that craft beer in the USA ever got going.

With stories from defunct pioneers like New Albion Brewing, and craft brewing success stories like Anchor, both who broke trail for many others, to the next batch of brewers like Matt Brewing, Pete’s, Sierra Nevada, Allagash and of course Brooklyn, the reader will enjoy the ups and downs of their favourite breweries. Influences from Britain, Germany and Belgium, as well as trailblazing creativity from the likes of Dogfish Head are all part of the story that will entertain any craft beer geek worth his hops!

Squarely aimed at the enthusiast, you don’t have to live in New York or Portland to ‘get’ this book. This is the story of how a few brave amateurs took inspiration from British, German and Belgian beers, added some American magic and ended up with a billion dollar business that has transformed the brewing industry the world over. The journey was not smooth by any measure and this book documents the bumps and grooves with entertaining style that makes it a great addition to your boozy library!










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Ommegang Three Philosophers

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Ommegang Three Philosophers is a Belgian style quadrupel dark ale, blended with an authentic kriek (cherry lambic). It has a dark reddish brown colour and a loose head that disappears fairly quickly. This beer has a powerful flavour that saturates my mouth as soon as it enters. The thick caramel notes and cooked, dried fruit are the main players, and it overwhelms the subtle (or is it buried?) cherry from the kriek. There are sherry-like armoas and a winey finsh that give this a bitter-sweet note that is good for strong cheeses.

I was a bit disappointed with it as I was expecting a bit more complexity from such a grand beer, and the cherry was just a hint, nothing more. On the whole though it is a very pleasant ale that is best enjoyed on a cold winter`s evening .

Serving: 750ml bottle

ABV: 9.8%

Best served: 10-12°C




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Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout


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Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout is an Imperial Russian Stout that weighs in at a mighty 10%, but the alcohol is well hidden by the monumentally full-bodied flavours that caress the palate. This stout’s colour is a deep inky black, and pours into the glass with a creamy caramel coloured head that slowly dissipates. You’d be fooled into thinking that there was real cocoa beans in the brew, but Garrett Oliver, the brewer, obtains that taste from malt alone! The dark bitter chocolate notes fill the mouth, but are balanced exquisitely by rich roasted sweet malt. Beneath the obvious flavours, there are hints of rich burnt fruit cake and licorice that comes to the fore on the finish.  This is a sumptuous stout and should be tried by every fan of the style. Pair this with a rich strawberry tart and double cream.

ABV: 10%

Best Served: 10°C


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