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Hoosier Beer: Tapping into Indiana Brewing History

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Hoosier Beer: Tapping into Indiana Brewing History
By Bob Ostrander and Derrick Morris

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Publisher: The History Press, 2011.
Soft Cover, 256 pages, 6x9.
Item #1673

Crack open a bottle of Champagne Velvet and dive into the first complete history of brewing in Indiana, where the beer history is as old as the state itself. More than three hundred breweries have churned out the good stuff for thirsty Hoosiers, and this city-by-city guide gives readers a sample of every spot, allowing time to savor the flavor while sharing the hidden aspects, like the brave and hearty brewers who assisted the Underground Railroad and survived Prohibition. The unmistakable Hoosier personality and spirit shine in the classic labels and advertisements, many of which are displayed here in vibrant color. Join Indiana beer enthusiasts Bob Ostrander and Derrick Morris of on a pub crawl through this state's proud beer history.

About the Authors

Bob Ostrander is retired but has owned pieces of an Indianapolis bar and a Terre Haute brewery. He contributed to the IU Press book True Brew by Rita Kohn.

Derrick Morris is a surgical technician, trained by the U.S. Navy more than twenty-five years ago. He has a strong passion for collecting breweriana (beer memorabilia) from his home state. He owns the world's largest collection of Indiana beer history. He contributed to U.S. Beer Labels by Bob Kay. He is a member of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA), serving as a board member in 1993-94. Derrick's wife, Karen, attended the CANvention held in Indianapolis in 1996, and they got married in April 1997.

Table of Contents:

7 Acknowledgements
9 About This Book
13 Map of Indiana
15 Common Beer, Ale and Lager
17 Influences
17 Immigration into Indiana
19 1855: Indiana Goes Dry Ð For Six Months
19 Technical Advances
20 Bottlers
20 Consolidation, Part 1
21 1918: Indiana Goes Dry
22 Consolidation, Part 2
23 The rise of the Microbrewery
24 Table 1. Number of Indiana Breweries through the Years
25 Collecting Beer Memorabilia
25 Determining the Age of Beer Bottles and Cans


Northwest Indiana
   Crown Point, Hammond, Hobart, LaPorte, Michigan City,
   North Judson, Mishawaka, Valparaiso

40 South Bend

Northeast Indiana
   Auburn, Columbia City, Decatur, Elkhart, Goshen, Huntington,
   Kendallville, Ligonier, New Haven, Wabash, Waterloo, Vera Cruz

55 Fort Wayne

North Central Indiana
   Argos, Bremen, Delphi, Logansport, Marion, Peru, Plymouth,
   Rochester, Warsaw

79 Lafayette

West Central Indiana
   Attica, Bowling Green, Brazil, Covington, Crawfordsville,
   Greencastle, Harmony, Lebanon

89 Terre Haute

East Central Indiana
   Anderson, Cambridge City, Connersville, Muncie, New Castle,
   Noblesville, Richmond, Ridgeville, Shelbyville, Union City,

110 Indianapolis

Southeastern Indiana
   Aurora, Batesville, Brookville, Columbus, Dover, Lawrenceburg,
   Madison, Napoleon, New Alsace, Newtown, North Vernon,
   Oldenburg, Osgood, St. Leon, St. Peters, Salem, Seymour,
   Sunman, West Harrison

137 New Albany (Jeffersonville)

Southwest Indiana
   Cannelton, Ferdinand, Haysville, Huntingburg, Jasper,
   Mount Vernon, New Boston, New Harmony, Newburgh,
   ParkerÕs Settlement, Petersburg, Princeton, Rockport,
   St. Meinrad, Tell City, Troy, Vincennes

159 Evansville
177 Modern Era

205 Appendix A. Index of Breweries and Brands
213 Appendix B. Timeline
221 Notes
237 Bibliography
245 Index
252 About the Authors

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