Herewith an email I received a few years back from a reader:

Your writing is an embarrassment.

Please give up your writing career and get a socially useful job.

The world would be a better place.

Nevertheless, I’ve persisted.

I am currently writing book five.

This one interprets beer’s American history from the perspective of the founders and owners of August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, Minnesota. The family that founded the company in 1860 still operates it today.

What better way to tell the story of American beer?

Thanks for taking a look.

Maureen Ogle



"Ogle is for the most part a pleasant, incisive companion. Occasionally, though, she manages to lose her cool — and, along with it, the agnostic veneer of her training . . . . She strafes Ralph Nader and his “Naderites,” not to mention journalists, “yuppies,” urbanites, the U.S.D.A. and the F.D.A. Eventually Ogle, her exasperation at a boiling point, does something unexpected: She sides with the hippies." -- from Nick Reding’s New York Times Book Review of In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America.