Besides creating delightful beverages, the brewing arts are a way to evoke and honor the character of a particular place. By brewing from local ingredients, craft brewers express and celebrate their intimacy with the nature of their home.
American brewing culture was born by successive waves of immigrants bringing their global brewing techniques and recipes to all parts of the North American continent. As a result, it could be said that the character of American beer is as much defined by its embrasive globally-focused immigration policy as by its diverse local character.
In Brewing Local, Stan Hieronymus examines the changing nature of American beer culture, craft-brews, and site-specific beers, while providing useful lists of regional botanicals and brewing ingredients that are highly beneficial to budding homebrewers.