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Beer and Breweries


All About Beer
If you like drinking beer and thinking beer, then these books are for you. Included are books about breweries, about the history of beer, about brewing your own beer and growing your own beer ingredients.

Selected Books

Bamforth, Charles
Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing
TP570.B18 2009x
Bamforth, the first Anheuser-Busch Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California-Davis, explains the history, chemistry and microbiology of brewing to the nonspecialist. See also his Beer Is Proof God Loves Us, a social history of beer.
Bernstein, Joshua M.
Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Beer Revolution
Funky, young, and smart, this is the ultimate beer geek's companion, covering everything from the homebrew renaissance to nanobreweries to many of America's preeminent beer events and festivals.
Bryson, Lew
Pennsylvania Breweries
PENNA TX950.57.P4 B79 2010
Now in its 4th edition, this guide covers the growing brewery industry in Pennsylvania. It started out with 48 breweries and brewpubs and now covers 75. You can check updates on the book at or read this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article: Beer: Get local with Bryson (11/11/2010).
Calagione, Sam
Brewing up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
HD9397.D644 C35 2011
Maybe you'd like to start your own brewery. Read how Sam Calagione started up his own brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Or try Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery
DeBenedetti, Christian
The Great American Ale Trail: The Craft Beer Lover's Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation
TX950.53.D43 2011
For a taste of his writing, check out DeBenedetti's Blog.
Denny, Mark
Froth!: The Science of Beer
TP577.D476 2009
Denny, a physicist by training and a homebrewer by inclination, introduces the physics of beer that will aid other homebrewers in improving their beer-making processes.
Noon, Mark A., 1958-
Yuengling: a History of America's Oldest Brewery
TP573.5.Y84 N66 2005
America's oldest brewery was established in 1829 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania by German immigrant D.G. Yuengling. In this accessibly-written text, Noon traces the brewery's history from its founding to the present day. Coverage includes the company's early technological innovations, its diversification during Prohibition, and its success in the microbrew boom. (©2004 Book News, Inc.)
Ogle, Maureen
Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
TP577.O46 2006
"In this first-ever history of American beer, Maureen Ogle tells its epic story, from the German immigrants who invented it to the upstart microbrewers who revived it." (Book jacket)
The Oxford Companion to Beer
This monumental reference, compiled by Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, contains more than you could ever know about beers, breweries, brew processes and brewmasters.
Yenne, Bill
The American Brewery: from Colonial Evolution to Microbrew Revolution
TP573.U6 Y46 2003
This lavishly designed history tells the story of American brewing through wars, tax hikes, Prohibition, consolidation, depression, recession, and the microbrewery boom that revived the industry beginning in the late 1980s. Includes archival and modern imagery and photos.

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The American Brew: The Rich and Surprising History of Beer
DVD TP573.U6 A443 2009x
This 2007 documentary explores the evolution of beer throughout the centuries and how beer became America's favorite drink. Anheuser-Busch commissioned “The American Brew,” as part of its “Here’s To Beer” industry development campaign, unveiling it on the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition.
Beer Wars: Brewed in America
(DVD) HD9397.U52 B4294 2009x
This documentary by Anat Baron explores the U.S. beer industry, focusing on the stuggles of microbreweries to compete with the large corporations.
Brewed in America
(DVD) HD9397.U52 B73 2006x
This 1997 History Channel documentary traces the history of beer making in America, from the original Sam Adams to Carrie Nation to the universally recognized Bud Light.
PCN tours. Latrobe Brewing Company, Latrobe, PA
DVD) HD9397.U54 L37 2008x
This 2002 documentary by the Pennsylvania Cable Network tours the Latrobe Brewing Company when it was still producing its signature beer: Rolling Rock. In 2006, its owner, the conglomerate InBev, sold the Rolling Rock brand to Anheuser-Busch. Now it is operated by City Brewing and produces Iron City...

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Pittsburgh Region

Breweries, Microbreweries, & Brew Pubs





  • Brewers of Pennsylvania
    This organization has information on each of its members, microbrewers and macrobrewers.
  • Appalachian Brewing Company
    Appalachian Brewing Company is a large-capacity microbrewery and full-service brewpub located at 50 North Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA.
  • Erie Brewing Company
    Producers of Railbender Ale, Presque Isle Pilsner, and Mad Anthony's Ale.
  • Lancaster Brewing Company
    Located in Lancaster, PA, Lancaster Brewing Company is a microbrewery that produces Gold Star Pilsner, Milk Stout, and Amish Four Grain Pale Ale, among others.
  • Lion Brewing Company
    Originally The Luzerne County Brewing Company, founded in 1905, it was renamed The Lion Brewery in 1933. In 1974, when the Stegmaier Brewery closed, it acquired their family of brews. It also produces Pocono lagers and ales. It is located in northeastern Pennsylvania in Wilkes-Barre.
  • Penn Museum: Patrick McGovern, Beer Archaeologist
    Patrick McGovern is the Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia. He explores the archaeology of beer, as related in this Smithsonian Magazine article: The Beer Archaeologist, and recreates ancient brews with Dogfish Head Brewery.
  • Pennsylvania Beer Alliance
    The PBA is an incorporated, non-profit, trade association made up of franchised beer wholesalers licensed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to purchase and sell malt or brewed beverages as importing distributors. This is a trade association of beer distributors, generally lobbying for maintaining the restriction of beer selling in Pennsylvania.
  • Philly Beer Week
    1000 Events at 195 Venues in Philadelphia and its suburbs in June.
  • Stoudt's Brewing Company
    Located in Adamstown, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch & Amish Country.
  • Straub Beer
    Although now located in St. Mary's, PA, Straub actually has roots in the Pittsburgh area!
  • Troegs Brewing Company
    Their new brewery is in Hershey, PA.
  • Victory Brewing Company
    Downingtown. Beers include Golden Monkey.
  • Weyerbacher
    Weyerbacher Brewing Company is a microbrewery that was established in 1995 in Easton, PA, in the Lehigh Valley. They specialize in ales and other distinctive and flavorful brews.
  • Yards Brewing Company
    Yards Brewing Company was founded in Philadelphia in 1994 and began brewing in 1995.
  • Yuengling Beer
    Located in Eastern Pennsylvania, Yuengling (yingling) is America's oldest brewery, since 1829 in Pottsville, PA and is finally a common brew in Pittsburgh.

Nearby States

  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    A Delaware microbrewery that started out as a brewpub in Rehobeth Beach.
  • Flying Bison Brewing Company
    Flying Bison Brewing Company is a twenty barrel microbrewery located in Buffalo, New York, that produces Dawn Patrol Gold, Aviator Red, and Blackbird Oatmeal Stout. Flying Bison is now available in Western New York, Central NY, Massachusetts, and Eastern PA....
  • Genesee Brewery
    Located in Rochester, New York, they've been brewing beer since 1878!
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
    A Cleveland, Ohio, brewery that produces Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Burning River Pale Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, The Holy Moses, Conway's Irish Ale, Christmas Ale, Moondog Ale, and Locktender Lager. The Great Lakes' new brewery is located just across the street from their original brewpub in the historic Ohio City District, just minutes from downtown Cleveland.
  • Shmaltz Brewing Company
    A New York brewery that brews He'brew beers and Coney Island Craft Lagers. Try their Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

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Web Sites

  • Beer Advocate
    A website specializing in reviews of craft beers by Jason and Todd Alström.
  • CraftBeer (formerly BeerTown)
    From the Association of Brewers, an 18-year-old nonprofit organization devoted to the collection and dissemination of beer and brewing information on both amateur and commercial levels
  • Craft Beer Radio
    Craft Beer Radio is an Internet talk show about craft and micro brewed beers. The goal of the show is to introduce people to craft beer, teach them about different beer styles and the brewers that make them, and beer history.
  • Great American Beer Festival
    An annual tasting and judging event put on by the Association of Brewers. You can see past winners in all categories.
  • Pro Brewer Page
    Resources for the professional brewer and the brewing industry.
  • Real Beer
    75,000 pages of beer, breweries, brewpubs, calendars, articles.