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Mountain Brew

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40th Anniversary Reissue

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Tim Matson, a writer and aquaculture consultant, has been advising people how to build and maintain ponds and wetlands for more than 25 years through Earth Ponds, his pond design and restoration consulting firm. His writing has appeared in Yankee, Harrowsmith Country Life, Country Journal, and Vermont Life. He lives in Thetford Center, Vermont. Lee Anne Dorr got involved in the burgeoning homebrewing scene in Vermont during the 1970s, helping Tim Matson sell copies of Mountain Brew out of the trunk of their car. She passed away in 2009.


"Set aside your dog-eared copy of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. Eight years earlier-and two before the legalization of homebrewing-a merry band of Vermont homebrewers published their recipes and anecdotes in a slim book call Mountain Brew. There's more than a touch of rebelliousness in the tone. The homebrewing instructions are a casual narrative, and the ingredients would make a BJCP judge blanch, but the book is a hoot for anyone who wants a glimpse of the cultural origins of this immensely popular hobby. These sound like great folks to have a beer with." -- All About Beer Magazine "A slim classic. . . . Even before celebrity craft brewers came along, the hills of Vermont held earnest homebrewers who tackled lagers and ales with vigor. The strangely enchanting little tome offers a glimpse into that world. . . . It might not be the definitive guide to homebrewing, but it's a sweet keepsake of another age." -- Seven Days "More like a beer party than a brewing session . . . Mountain Brew packs a variety of recipes for every palate and a potpourri of beer anecdotes. The information is all there." -- The Advocate "The homebrew revival has spawned its first new literature, a book that taps brewhouse knowledge and experience." -- New Hampshire Times

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