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Author:LeShane, Kevin
Position:Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World - Brief article - Book review
 
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As rich as the brews it describes, author Chris O'Brien's book, Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society Publishers, $18.95), is full of history, inspiration and wisdom regarding one of Earth's most ancient beverages. O'Brien, possibly beer's most fanatical advocate, draws an extended timeline from beer's feminine beginnings through its corporate bastardization and finishes with a call to bring back small-scale brewing. After detailing beer's growth into lagers, ales and stouts, O'Brien notes that when industrialization entered the scene, the diversity of local craft-brewing was replaced by humdrum factory production. These massive operations devour energy and resources shipping products around the world, but the author...

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