From a forerunner in the beer industry, Steve Hindy does a fantastic job with Craft Beer Revolution. It was a book filled with so many first hand stories and interviews from other movers-and-shakers in the industry. Steve talks to people like Fritz Maytag, Ken Grossman, Jack McAuliffe, Rob Tod, Paul Shipman…the list goes on.
The cover does stand out
Steve Hindy is the co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery. With Tom Potter, Steve began a legacy in the United States with monumental influences.
I learned quite a bit about the beer industry in America spanning back to 1965 when Fritz Maytag bought the failing Anchor Brewing Company.
The forward to this book was written by John Hickenlooper, co-founder of Wynkoop Brewing Company and currently the Governor of Colorado. Hickenlooper started Wynkoop in lower downtown (LoDo), Denver and still thrives today.
Steve Hindy used to be a newspaper middle east correspondent in the 1980’s before he started Brooklyn Brewery. Translation: this book is an awesome read not only for it’s informational merit but it’s written quality.
In chapter 4: Class of ’88, Steve talks about the journey Brooklyn Brewery went through in the beginning. The duo (Steve and Tom) first started a distribution company during the start of Brooklyn Brewery. This was due to the fact that in New York City you couldn’t self-distribute your beer. In 1996 Brooklyn finally opened up a brewery in the namesake’s town after purchasing a former matzo factory. Before 1996 Brooklyn contracted out their beer to Matt Brewing Company. This story is just one of so many that Steve tells you in Craft Beer Revolution.
Steve gives us an inside look at the Beer Institute (BI) and the Brewers Association (BA). The book has some terrific stories from when Steve was the BA representative on the BI since 2008, as depicted in chapter 11: A Seat At The Table.
Craft Beer Revolution is a staple on my beer book shelf. Yes, I have a book shelf devoted to beer books (who doesn’t?). Check it out on Amazon.com.