March is Beer Book Month: Enter to Win THP’s New Beer Book Sweepstakes

March is Beer Book Month: Enter to Win THP’s New Beer Book Sweepstakes

“A quart of Ale is a dish for a king.”
William ShakespeareThe Winter’s Tale

The 2013 publishing year brought many notable History Press beer titles, including Maine BeerMontana BeerAtlanta BeerAustin BeerCharlotte Beer, Ann Arbor Beer and Portland Beer (view the full list of History Press beer books here).

Prohibition Protesters (Digital Archive, Library of Congress).

Prohibition Protesters (Digital Archive, Library of Congress).

When Shelf Awareness brought Beer Book Month to the table, we realized it was time for another big THP beer book giveaway. With seven mouthwatering, sudsy books so far in 2014, and many more contracted, we’re thrilled to announce THP’s Craft Beer Book Giveaway. The contest will run from March 21-28.

How to enter to win FREE books:

free-booksBetween now and March 28, name which beer book you want from the list below for your chance to win! We’ll be giving away first, second, and third prizes.  After you enter by commenting below or tweeting @HistoryPress with your book of choice, share today’s post via Twitter or Facebook for 1 bonus entry.

Here’s the list of seven new beer books you could win:

1. Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. by Garrett Peck

Capital BeerImagine the jubilation of thirsty citizens in 1796 when the Washington Brewery—the city’s first brewery—opened. Yet the English-style ales produced by the early breweries in the capital and in nearby Arlington and Alexandria sat heavy on the tongue in the oppressive Potomac summers. By the 1850s, an influx of German immigrants gave a frosty reprieve to their new home in the form of light but flavorful lagers. Brewer barons like Christian Heurich and Albert Carry dominated the taps of city saloons until production ground to a halt with the dry days of Prohibition. Only Heurich survived, and when the venerable institution closed in 1956, Washington, D.C., was without a brewery for fifty-five years. Author and beer scholar Garrett Peck taps this high-gravity history while introducing readers to the bold new brewers leading the capital’s recent craft beer revival. Read a chapter excerpt and then check out WAMU’s review here.


2. New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing by Jeremy Labadie and Argyle Wolf-Knapp

New Orleans BeerNew Orleans is a city where making sure you have a good meal in your belly and a strong drink in your hand is of the utmost importance. Recently, one drink has been getting more and more attention in New Orleans: beer. The craft brewing revolution of the last 30 or so years has caught hold here, creating what is only the latest chapter in New Orleans’s illustrious love affair with boozy concoctions. From old-school breweries like Jax, Regal and Dixie to craft brewers like Abita, NOLA and Bayou Teche, join authors Jeremy Labadie and Argyle Wolf-Knapp to enjoy the first comprehensive history of brewing in New Orleans—a history 287 years long and as wide as the Mississippi.


3. Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle-Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer by Corin Hirsch

Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New EnglandColonial New England was awash in ales, beers, wines, cider and spirits. Everyone from teenage farmworkers to our founding fathers imbibed heartily and often. Tipples at breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner were the norm, and low-alcohol hard cider was sometimes even a part of children’s lives. This burgeoning cocktail culture reflected the New World’s abundance of raw materials: apples, sugar and molasses, wild berries and hops. This plentiful drinking sustained a slew of smoky taverns and inns—watering holes that became vital meeting places and the nexuses of unrest as the Revolution brewed. New England food and drinks writer Corin Hirsch explores the origins and taste of the favorite potations of early Americans and offers some modern-day recipes to revive them today.


4. New Mexico Beer: A History of Brewing in the Land of Enchantment by Jon C. Stott

New Mexico BeerBrewing in New Mexico began in the 1850s when small breweries serviced short-lived boomtowns teeming with early settlers thirsty for brew. By the time Prohibition came in 1918, New Mexico breweries were completely tapped out. It wasn’t until 1988, when the Santa Fe Brewing Company began slaking local thirsts, that beer was again brewed in New Mexico. By the late 1990s, New Mexico was experiencing a resurgence in local brewing. Today, the state boasts a craft brewing renaissance. New Mexican breweries receive national attention, including eight medals at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Join author Jon C. Stott as he recounts New Mexico’s brewing history, collects hops heritage and samples local brewpubs from across the state.


5. Utica Beer: A History of Brewing in the Mohawk Valley by Daniel Shumway

Utica BeerRiding the wave of industries brought by the Erie Canal, Utica experienced a tremendous boom in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—and it was all fueled by beer. Thirsty laborers lubricated their days with after-work ales and lagers made by crafters like the Oneida Brewing Company and Gulf Brewing Company. Brewing was a Utica industry in its own right, boasting more than forty breweries operating since 1801. Prohibition nearly sounded the death knell for the trade, but the Matt family’s West End Brewing Company endured, becoming the first in the country to commence brewing in 1933. Thanks to their Saranac beer, the craft beer movement is old news for residents of the Handshake City, who have been enjoying these local favorites for more than 125 years. Join beer scholar Daniel Shumway as he explores the hoppy history of Utica beer.


6. Idaho Beer: From Grain to Glass in the Gem State by Steve Koonce

Idaho BeerIn a state famous for producing great potatoes, it’s easy to forget about Idaho’s barley and hops. Few states can boast the quality barley grown in southern and eastern Idaho or the aromatic hops grown in Treasure Valley. These crops combine to create a beer that is distinctly Idaho—a taste of home. Join author Steve Koonce as he surveys the best brewers from across the state. Koonce tracks the state’s storied brewing heritage and offers an in-depth look at Idaho’s vibrant modern beer scene. With more than twenty breweries statewide, there’s so much to see, and taste, in Idaho. Enjoy a refreshing guide to the best brew the state has on tap.


7. Boston Beer: A History of Brewing in the Hub by Norman Miller

Boston BeerSince before Patriots like Paul Revere and Sam Adams fermented a revolution in smoky Beantown taverns, beer has been integral to the history of Boston. The city issued its first brewing license in 1630, and breweries like Haffenreffer Brewery and American Brewing Company quickly sprung up. This heady history took a turn for the worse when the American Temperance Movement championed prohibition, nearly wiping out all of the local breweries. In 1984, the amber liquid was revitalized as Jim Koch introduced Samuel Adams craft brews to the Hub and the nation. Shortly after, Harpoon Brewery emerged and became the largest brewery to make all its beers in New England. From the planning of the Boston Tea Party over a pint at Green Dragon Tavern to the renaissance of the burgeoning craft brewing scene, join author and “Beer Nut” Norman Miller as he savors the sudsy history of brewing in the Hub.

Summary: We’ll draw names and announce three winners at the end of this week-long promotion. Comment below or tweet @HistoryPress for your chance to win…don’t forget to let us know which book you want to read, and why!


  1. avatar Chad says:

    They all look interesting but I’m looking forward to reading Boston Beer.

  2. avatar Kythe Szubielka says:

    Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle-Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer by Corin Hirsch

  3. avatar Damase Olsson says:

    Boston beer

  4. avatar Andy says:

    I want the DC book!

  5. avatar Sean Reardon says:

    Boston Beer : A History of Brewing in the Hub

  6. avatar Carl says:

    My choice would be Utica Beer: A History of Brewing in the Mohawk Valley. There’s something about the long history of beer in this region that makes this book especially appealing. I’m particularly looking forward to the illustrations. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I’ll be tweeting a link to this post.

  7. avatar Carl says:
  8. avatar Gayleen Gindy says:

    Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England looks like a good book.

  9. avatar Roberta Osborne says:

    3. Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle-Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer by Corin Hirsch because I like history and beer so it is the perfect choice.

  10. avatar erin mccandless says:

    Idaho beer!!

  11. avatar Cindy Hegenauer says:

    I would like
    Boston Beer: A History of Brewing in the Hub by Norman Miller
    because I have read his beer columns and enjoy his writing.

  12. avatar Myles Schrag says:

    Gotta have the New Mexico Beer book. As with many things, NM is an unknown jewel when it comes to its brewing history. I lived in Farmington when Three Rivers Brewing Company was starting up in an old pharmacy in the late ’90s. Great history with NM beer.

  13. avatar Joyce says:

    Ah, number 3 of course. This is the HISTORY press blog and that’s a way back kind of book.

  14. avatar Denise says:

    Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. by Garrett Peck is the one I want! Where politics and beer collide!

  15. avatar Elisa says:

    I’d go with the “Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England” book.

    For those who live or did live in the metro DC area, that one is a neat read! I have my own copy. :)

  16. avatar Terri says:

    Definitely Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle-Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer!!

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