While perusing the world wide web, I came across The History Press and was instantly hooked because they produce books written by locals on all kinds of topics. I mean all kinds! It’s fabulous and I felt like a kid in a candy shop. My history professors would be so proud. I connected with them and am excited to share with you the first book I reviewed from their American Palate Series.
Y’all. Food. Books. History. AND Beverages.
Don’t have to ask me twice.
Charlotte has entered a golden age of craft brewing, and while this fermented frenzy may feel altogether new, it evokes a forgotten heritage that dates back to colonial days. Beginning with Captain James Jack, whose tavern was a Patriot haven burned by the British during the Revolution, local beer writer Daniel Hartis follows a frothy trail through the highs and lows of this sudsy story. Grab a pint and discover how Prohibition took hold of Charlotteans. Ruminate over odes to beer by the Brew Pub Poets Society, and sample the personality and spirit on tap today around the Queen City.
This past year I’ve visited a handful of breweries and each one has been different in their philosophy and how they brew. So I wasn’t surprised that Charlotte has such a colorful history of breweries. I wasn’t aware that there was a boom of breweries not too long ago and then a bust where many ended up closing. I enjoyed reading about them (and kept thinking, “oh! I’ll want to go visit that one!” only to read it closed like 10 years ago. A day late and a dollar short).
My favorite part of the book was when Hartis started discussing the breweries that still exist in Charlotte. Learning their histories, influences and the types of beer they brew were intriguing and not only do the beers sound tasty to try, the locations of each of the breweries and designs seem to be pretty awesome as well.
Another aspect I like about these books is they aren’t overwhelming or un-readable. You know those history books that are the size of a small country with a font size of 2? Yeah, you won’t find that here. This kind of read like a conversation with a friend who loves history and beer.
If you’re a home brewer (or know someone), a fan of beer, love interesting history, the Carolinas or just learning, you’ll appreciate this look into a piece of Charlotte. Because doesn’t a Brew Pub Poets Society sound so much fun?! I definitely look forward to visiting places like The Olde Mucklenberg Brewery, Triple C, Bird Song and other Charlotte Breweries if I ever find myself in North Carolina again!
Are you a fan of local history?
(Thank you to The History Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)