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We Make Beer: Inside the Spirit and Artistry of America's Craft Brewers

3.04  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
An eye-opening journey into craft beer–making in America, and what you can find in the quest to brew the perfect pint
Sean Lewis was living in Boston when he first set foot inside the Blue Hills Brewery. He was writing for BeerAdvocate magazine about America's craft brewers, and the then-fledgling Blue Hills was his first assignment. Lewis was immediately struck by the spi
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Steve Holden
Jun 11, 2015 Steve Holden rated it liked it
This provides some insight on an industry I enjoy and appreciate so much - the craft beer industry. It's an industry that has developed, prospered, and continues to expand so suddenly that it's very interesting for me to begin reading perspectives and insights from those behind the scenes. This particular one is different - I can't really make full sense of how each section is put together and formed into a book, but I do know it's written by someone who enjoys and appreciates the industry. I co ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Melody rated it it was ok
I found the writing style rather off-putting. It felt ragged in many places, though I'm not entirely sure I can be more specific. Little fact-checking errors (that photograph is for SURE not from the sixteenth century, I promise) and grammatical infelicities detracted from my immersion in the book. I thought we hopped around a little too much. (Yeah, hopped around... I crack me up.) I didn't get a real feel for the individual brewers, and I didn't get a clear picture of the process either. Inter ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Fred rated it did not like it
The writer lost me on the very first paragraph of the first chapter, and I am basing my review on his ineptness as a journalist. Complete garbage.

No photograph exists from the 1500s because photography did not exist then. No existing photograph is "hundreds" of years old. Hell, the brewery itself was founded in 1777, and also isn't as old as he's claiming.

F you, Sean Lewis. You're a hack and a liar. And also a pretty bad writer, based on the intro chapter.
Sep 20, 2014 Caity rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of Goodreads First reads program.

I am not a beer drinker, in fact I pretty much hate the stuff but i was interested in this book partially because of a history class I once took that detailed some of the process of brewing beer and partially because I have several friends who brew as a hobby and talk about it quite a bit. This book was very interesting and informative. It gave plenty of background information on brewing without seeming like it was dumbing anything do
Einreich Aldorfer
Apr 06, 2016 Einreich Aldorfer rated it did not like it
Okay, so this book took me quite some time to finish, but only because every time I picked it up, its unscrupulous and pandering style was too nauseating to carry on for more than a few paragraphs. I only finished it as a matter of duty, and ultimately this book is objectively a farce and piece of trash. I can't even tell if this pile of horse-dung was satirical in some places or not, especially with the "photograph" taken in the 1500s! A word to the wise: never purchase or support anything from ...more
Darlene Cruz
Sep 22, 2014 Darlene Cruz rated it it was amazing
Very interesting brew of a book. Experience beer communities from Beer Fest, Brewery, Brew Kettle, Brew Pub/Beer, Brewing Competitions, etc. Cruising the country trying to, "convince the light American adjunct lager crowd that bitterness could be a good thing in beer." Beer Drinker Chats, Beer Drinker's face, American Beer Revolution? Ha ha ....
A very insightful resourceful and informative kind of read to quench your thirst. For those of you who enjoy a few beers it would behoove you to read thi
Jun 26, 2014 Melody rated it it was ok
I received this book via Goodreads's First Reads Giveaways. That was in July. It has taken me this long to realize that I will never finish reading this book.

This book is difficult to pin down. Not enough research to call it a history on the craft beer movement. Not enough technical trivia and delightful tidbits to call it a behind-the-scenes looksie on the ins and outs of running a brewery. And definitely not enough charisma from Sean Lewis and his origin story from sports writer to beer writer
Caleb Coy
Jan 04, 2015 Caleb Coy rated it liked it
Definitely written by someone who is used to writing blurbs & columns. The narrative winds all over with no clear path, and points are often repeated multiple times. Individual chapters feel like they were written completely separate, with no attention paid to detail overlap or the the flow. The writing isn't bad, and the anecdotes are interesting, but far from a must read.
Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen
Apr 07, 2016 Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen rated it it was amazing
Very Versatile Book
You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, book-kabobs, book creole, book gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple book, lemon book, coconut book, pepper book, book soup, book stew, book salad, book and potatoes, book burger, book sandwich.

I suppose-you could read it as well
Jan 10, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: beer
This is an interesting look into the world of beer brewing on the smaller scale. I really liked that the author went so far as to actually work at one of these brewery's to gain some kind of perspective into the craft beer world. A nice book for anyone interested in a very refreshing beverage that millions enjoy. Cheers!
Apr 07, 2016 Uberman rated it did not like it
This book is one steaming, heaping and incoherent, rambling pile of dung. Seriously! There is no clear structure, no rising and falling action/climax, and no actual conclusion. It is more like a magazine article, or, more appropriately, a turd. Writing is not your forte, Sean Lewis. Please stop.
Jun 28, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
As usual, a huge thanks to Goodreads for me winning this book. Truth be told I didn't enter to win this book for myself, but for a friend who actually brews. Having read it before giving it away, I am very glad I did. This is a very accessible book about the brewing, small pub industry.
May 03, 2015 Tom rated it liked it
Reads like a very long magazine article. You can tell that Lewis is passionate about the subject and has gone to great lengths to share his thoughts on the crafters of beer.
Sep 12, 2016 Maddie added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Nope not forcing myself to finish. This writing has no attention to details, historical inaccuracy and is simply not compelling
Oct 21, 2014 Krista rated it really liked it
Kind of a fun read for people like us, who travel to visit breweries! We've been to at least 6 of the breweries profiled in this book.
Oct 17, 2014 Josie rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, beer
Interesting coverage of the American craft beer industry. Minus one star for not getting very good geographic distribution, but lovely coverage of the breweries on which he focused.
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