Happy Free Book Friday! Today’s giveaway, Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing, comes from beer scholar and journalist Anne Fitten Glenn, with a foreword by Zane Lamprey. You can enter to win by commenting on this post by Sunday, October 21 (12:oo a.m., EST)! The winner (picked by the robots at Random.org) will be announced Monday morning.
About the book:
Drinking local harks back to the founding of Asheville in 1798. Whether it be moonshine or craft beer, the culture of local “hooch” is deeply ingrained in the mountain dwellers of Western North Carolina.
After Civil War debt that lasted into the 1970s and kept the City of Asheville hog-tied as far as economic development, the town has since rebuilt and revitalized itself around her booming beer scene.
“There is nothing that will act like a charm, restoring new life and vigor when weary, as a bottle of our pure and wholesome beer.”
—1900 Asheville saloon ad
Asheville has grown from a town with a taste for home brew to an international destination for beer lovers, known as Beer City, USA, in less than twenty years. Eleven established breweries operate within the city limits, another five call Western North Carolina home and at least four more are in the planning stages.
A.F. Glenn’s passion for this intoxicating history, from the suds-soaked saloons of “Hell’s Half Acre” to the region’s explosion into a beer mecca, has led to her popular blog and recently published book. Join A.F. Glenn as she uses interviews, stunning vintage images and a few witticisms to pop the cap on Asheville’s brewing history. We hope you’ll enjoy this fantastic excerpt and share your thoughts on Asheville beer!
Read today’s FREE excerpt below, then comment for your chance to win a copy.
About the author:
Beer writer and educator Anne Fitten Glenn started chronicling this intoxicating history, from the suds-soaked saloons of “Hell’s Half Acre” to the region’s explosion into a beer mecca, while freelancing for Asheville newspapers. She moved to Asheville in 1997, soon after the town’s craft brewvival began (yes, it’s a double first name). Her regular Brews News column for Asheville’s Mountain Xpress newsweekly debuted in 2009. Since then, she’s written articles for Craftbeer.com, the national Brewers Association’s online magazine. Her online alter ego, Brewgasm, blogs, tweets and Facebooks obsessively about all things beer.
For an in-depth conversation with Anne Fitten, read this entertaining and informative (in our completely unbiased opinion) Meet-the-Author interview!