Thursday, March 27, 2014

Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland by Josh Christie

Just received a copy of Josh Christie's MAINE BEER: BREWING IN VACATIONLAND from a friend of mine in Maine. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Maine was a stronghold for the temperance movement, but the Pine Tree State emerged from Prohibition to create a beer culture that rivals any other in the United States. Early pioneers, like D.L. Geary, established the Northeast's love affair with English-style ales, and today's upstarts brew unique and inventive recipes. Maine brewers create beer for every palate, and Maine's unique flavor--like blueberries, potatoes and even oysters--are frequently featured. Maine beer expert Josh Christie discovers the story of brewing in Vacationland by exploring Maine's large breweries, like Shipyard; its local crafters, like Rising Tide; the budding cider, spirits and mead industries; and, of course, the best places to drink across the state.


Josh Christie's writing has appeared in print in the Portland Phoenix, the Maine Sunday Telegram and other publications and online as a featured columnist at He lives in Yarmouth, Maine, with his wife, cat and steadily growing beer cellar.

Brews and Books (Josh's blog/website) is a site for everyone’s inner Hemingway - a site about books with a healthy passion for alcohol.  Er, maybe a better example is everyone’s inner Sam Calagione, an English-major-turned-brewer.  Wait, that isn’t perfect either. is a site for everyone that loves a good book in one hand and a good beer in the other.  The blog first arose out of a desire to share reviews of well-written books and lovingly-brewed beer.  The site has evolved slightly from this original purpose, and now shares news in the brewing, publishing, bookselling and beer worlds along with reviews and editorial content.

Who writes Brews and Books?
I’m Josh Christie, author, EIC and creator of this site.  I have a degree in Political Science from the University of Maine and work as a bookseller and freelance writer.  When I’m not reading a book or enjoying a beer, you can usually find me roaming around practicing my photography, skiing, hiking or otherwise enjoying the coast and mountains of Maine.

This book is an excellent primer on Maine Beers and is a very good guide for the beer lover who lives in Maine and wants to follow up with the local brews, or for the vacationer looking to taste some of the local stuff. Some good Maine beer history. Great stories. Lot's of fun!