Brewing Arizona: A Century of Beer in the Grand Canyon State

byEd Sipos

Hardcover | October 17, 2013

Brewing Arizona: A Century of Beer in the Grand Canyon State by Ed Sipos
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"Sergeant there is a brewery here!" shouted Private Lutje into the tent of his commanding officer. His regiment had just set up camp outside of Tucson. It was spring. The year was 1866. And the good private had reason to be shocked. How could anyone brew beer in the desert? The water was alkaline (when it was fit to drink at all), grains were scarce, bottles were in short supply, and refrigeration was nearly non-existent. But human ingenuity cannot be overestimated, especially when it comes to creating alcoholic beverages.
 
Since 1864, the state''s breweries have had a history as colorful as the state. With an eye like a historian, the good taste of a connoisseur, and the tenacity of a dedicated collector, author Ed Sipos serves up beer history with gusto. Brewing Arizona is the first book of Arizona beer. It includes every brewery known to have operated in the state, from the first to the latest, from crude brews to craft brews, from mass beer to microbrews. This eye-opening chronicle is encyclopedic in scope but smooth in its delivery. Like a fine beer, the contents are deep and rich, with a little froth on top.
 
With more than 250 photographs-200 in full color-Brewing Arizona is as beautiful as it is tasty. So put up your feet, grab a cold one, and sip to your heart''s delight.
Ed Sipos is a past president of the A-1 Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America and has been the editor of the chapter’s newsletter, the A-1 Can-o-Gram, for more than fifteen years. He has written extensively for Beer Can & Brewery Collectibles magazine.
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Title:Brewing Arizona: A Century of Beer in the Grand Canyon StateFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:360 pages, 10 X 10 X 1.3 inShipping dimensions:360 pages, 10 X 10 X 1.3 inPublished:October 17, 2013Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0816530475

ISBN - 13:9780816530472

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“Sergeant… there is a brewery here!” shouted Private Lutje into the tent of his commanding officer. His regiment had just set up camp outside of Tucson. It was spring. The year was 1866. And the good private had reason to be shocked. How could anyone brew beer in the desert? The water was alkaline (when it was fit to drink at all), grains were scarce, bottles were in short supply, and refrigeration was nearly non-existent. But human ingenuity cannot be overestimated, especially when it comes to creating alcoholic beverages.   Since 1864, the state’s breweries have had a history as colorful as the state. With an eye like a historian, the good taste of a connoisseur, and the tenacity of a dedicated collector, author Ed Sipos serves up beer history with gusto. Brewing Arizona is the first book of Arizona beer. It includes every brewery known to have operated in the state, from the first to the latest, from crude brews to craft brews, from mass beer to microbrews. This eye-opening chronicle is encyclopedic in scope but smooth in its delivery. Like a fine beer, the contents are deep and rich, with a little froth on top.   With more than 250 photographs—200 in full color—Brewing Arizona is as beautiful as it is tasty. So put up your feet, grab a cold one, and sip to your heart’s delight.

Editorial Reviews

"With record growth and fevered enthusiasm for local craft beer, it would be easy to assume that we are living in an unprecedented moment in Arizona brewing history. Ed Sipos makes a compelling argument to look toward the past. 'Drink Local' campaigns have their roots in Territorial days. The challenges of competing with out-of-state breweries, the harsh environment and the boom-or-bust nature of this brutal and beautiful state have made their imprint on every era of brewing. We are all fortunate that this book is here to provide perspective in this vital time for brewers and beer enthusiasts."-Rob Fullmer, President, Arizona Society of Homebrewers