Book Review: ‘Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing’ by Anne Fitten Glenn

*Written in 2014.

I picked this book up in the Asheville airport on my way back home from my recent trip there. It made for great reading on the plane, especially after having just experienced Asheville and its robust brewing culture.

This book is fairly short but even so, it leaves no stone unturned and gives the reader the whole background on Asheville, as well as the city’s relationship with alcohol.

After the big history lesson, it delves into how brewing became a big thing in Asheville and the surrounding area. It gives detailed histories on all the breweries that existed at the time of this book’s publishing and even gives insight into the breweries on their way (some of which are already there now).

The book is very well-written and straight to the point. Anne Fitten Glenn has a great talent for being very exacting yet engaging with her writing, as well as being very thorough and organized. This book is a bit of a hidden gem for serious beer lovers out there. I didn’t know it existed until I saw it in the airport.

If you have any interest in craft beer or are a history buff or better yet, both of these things, than this is a great read. I’m actually glad that I read it at the end of my trip, as having gone to many of the breweries covered, I was able to visualize the beautiful locations and know what beers were being referenced.

Moral of the story, read the book. Bigger moral of the story, go to Asheville. Biggest moral of the story, drink good beer.

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