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The Good Beer Guide to New England
Andy Crouch

2006 • 296 pp. 99 illus. 6 x 9"
New England Travel / New England Cooking / Beverages / Beer

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-469-8

“[A] witty, perceptive guide . . . The book is fair, funny, and a delicious sip for any beer lover.”Yankee Magazine

A comprehensive guide to the brewpubs and breweries of New England

With wit, enthusiasm, and a deep respect for the craft of brewing, Andy Crouch profiles nearly one hundred establishments in New England, offering a description and history of each, as well as insights into each brewmaster's philosophy and brewing style. For each brewery and brewpub profiled, Crouch covers the range of beers available and identifies its flagship product; he also highlights his choice for its “best beer,” which is rarely its most popular or best known offering.

Crouch offers judicious evaluations of food, ambience, and of course, the beer; he also provides information on the availability of tours, directions and parking, hours of operation, entertainment, local sights of interest, and whether beer is available for take-away. In addition, he includes essays on the brewing process, understanding and appreciating beer, and a list of “eleven great New England beer bars.”

Whether well-brewed beer is the focus of a trip or a welcomed complement, beer enthusiasts and novices alike will find this guide a worthwhile companion wherever they travel in New England.

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Reviews / Endorsements

An “excellent modern guide to New England beers.”

“One great aspect of the book is that it has appeal to both the beer novice... [and] beer nuts... Crouch clearly did his homework.”The Republican

“The unpretentious, informative spirit of the beer guide is entirely refreshing.”Valley News

“Andy Crouch brings his infectious enthusiasm for good beer to his New England roots for a comprehensive look at the Good Beer movement in this important, indeed seminal, region of America's beer experience. His obvious knowledge of beer and brewing coupled with a practiced journalist's eye toward telling the story in an accurate, entertaining and humorous way make The Good Beer Guide to New England a thought and thirst provoking experience.” Tom Dalldorf, Editor/Publisher, Celebrator Beer News

“Andy Crouch has served up a deliciously effervescent brew in his The Good Beer Guide To New England. Not only does he painstakingly describe every small, medium and large brewing enterprise in New England in remarkable detail, Crouch takes the reader on an extensive and all-inclusive tasting tour in a fair-minded and candid voice that’s as refreshing as a hefe-weizen in July. No feel-good reviews here; just honest and frequently hilarious evaluations and reporting that make each review to joy to savor. The best beer book in the last couple of years, period.”F. Paul Pacult, Editor, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal Author, The Beer Essentials

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ANDY CROUCH is an award-winning freelance writer whose articles have appeared in the Boston Phoenix, Celebrator Beer News, Ale Street News, Yankee Food News, Beverage Magazine, and on his website at He often travels on beer-related adventures when he's not practicing criminal law in downtown Boston.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:53:04 -0500