What it is: Since Mary Pickersgill sewed Old Glory on the floor of a local brewery, Baltimore has been a beer-drinking town. Rob Kaspar’s definitive history of our love affair with beer starts at the turn of the nineteenth century when German immigrants erected elaborate breweries and leafy beer gardens, and winds through the thirteen awful years of Prohibition. Kaspar goes into the rise of Nattie Boh and Gunther, and ties it all together with interviews, stunning vintage images, and even a few great recipes. Available at Atomic Books. $19.99
Who It’s Perfect For:
Your Homebrewing Friend: We all know one of them. The person who’s lately jumped on the brew-your-own bandwagon. Their shelves now groan with bubbling bottles and carboys– and their living room has a somewhat yeasty aroma of late. But of course, you wouldn’t want to complain, lest you not get to sample the fruits of their labor, right? This volume is perfect for the Baltimorean who wants to brew their own and even take it one step further by knowing about the rich history they’re stepping into.
Dad: Need we say more? Dads like beer. They like to know about stuff. They like to talk about stuff they know while drinking beer. Case closed.
Baltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing is available at Atomic Books in Hampden.
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