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A Study Of American Beers and Ales   By: (1875-)

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A Study Of American Beers and Ales by L. M. Tolman is a comprehensive exploration of the rich and diverse world of American brewing. Tolman unveils a wealth of knowledge, offering readers a captivating journey through the history, art, and intricacies of beer-making in the United States.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Tolman's meticulous research and attention to detail. Every chapter is abundantly filled with insightful anecdotes, historical facts, and interviews with renowned brewers. The author demonstrates a deep understanding of the subject matter and succeeds in conveying this expertise to the reader.

The book is organized into distinct sections, each focusing on different aspects of American brewing. From the early beginnings of colonial alehouses to the contemporary craft beer revolution, Tolman masterfully traces the evolution of beer production in the United States. His vivid descriptions transport readers to distinct brewing regions, allowing us to taste the flavors and experience the unique characteristics of each area.

Tolman's writing style is concise and engaging, balancing technical information with engaging narratives. Whether you're an avid beer enthusiast or simply curious about American brewing culture, this book caters to a wide spectrum of readers. Tolman covers topics ranging from the brewing process itself, including ingredients and techniques, to the cultural significance of beer in American society.

Moreover, the book is beautifully illustrated, bringing the brewing process to life. Detailed diagrams, colorful photographs, and captivating illustrations enhance the reader's understanding and make the book visually appealing. Accompanied by diligent research, these visuals add depth to Tolman's exploration and further enrich the reading experience.

However, this book isn't without its shortcomings. At times, the writing can become overly technical, making it a challenging read for those without a substantial knowledge of brewing. Additionally, the sheer volume of information presented in each chapter might be overwhelming for some readers, necessitating breaks to absorb and reflect on the material.

In conclusion, A Study Of American Beers and Ales stands as a commendable contribution to the world of brewing literature. Tolman's passion for and expertise in beer-making shines through, making this book a must-read for those seeking to delve deeper into the history and intricacies of American brewing. Despite a few minor flaws, this comprehensive study will undoubtedly satisfy beer enthusiasts and curious individuals alike.

First Page:



Contribution from the Bureau of Chemistry


Washington, D. C. PROFESSIONAL PAPER March 21, 1917


By L. M. TOLMAN, Chief, Central Inspection District, and J. GARFIELD RILEY, Assistant Chemist, Food and Drug Inspection Laboratory, New York, N. Y.



Introduction 1

Method of undertaking the investigation 2

Methods of analysis 3

Results of analysis 3

Effect of raw materials used upon composition of the finished brew 11

Conclusions 23


The investigation, the results of which are reported in this bulletin, was undertaken for the purpose of securing information in regard to the composition of brewery products made in this country... Continue reading book >>

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