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Jersey Brew: The Story of Beer in New Jersey
By Michael Pelligrino

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Publisher: Lake Neepaulin Publishing, 2009.
Soft Cover, 160 pages, 6x9.
Item #1598

The history of beer in New Jersey is rich with colorful stories of mobsters, early breweries, corrupt politicians, and our state’s fierce resistance to Prohibition.

In this book, you will discover:

  • More than 110 images of Jersey breweries, beer bottles, cans, and labels
  • The earliest commercial brewery (in Hoboken) quickly met a violent end at the hands of Lenni Lenape Indians
  • Mob hits and beer wars between gangsters with names like "Longy," "Waxey," and "Richie the Boot" who made millions distributing illegal beer during Prohibition
  • Krueger’s Brewery of Newark was the first to sell beer in cans, and Ballantine was the Country’s most popular ale

"A fascinating book that, in many instances, reads like a thriller. Extensively researched and recommended to anyone who enjoys beer." --Gary Monterosso, beer writer and & "Still Crazy" TV host.

"A must-read for fans of New Jersey beer." --Gene Muller, Flying Fish Brewing Co. & Garden State Craft Brewers Guild.

"Jersey Brew covers the history of brewing in New Jersey from the earliest brewer -- he was killed by Native Americans -- to the illegal brewers of Prohibition -- they killed each other -- to the giants of the 1950s -- killed by national brewers -- to today's craft brewers, who are thankfully alive and kicking! You'll learn a lot about the colorful history of beer in the Garden State." --Lew Bryson, beer writer and author of New Jersey Breweries.