I'm currently (December 2018) writing a new book about the history of American beer. It’s not a replacement for my first beer book. Rather I think of it as another interpretation. This time, I’m telling the story from the perspective on a small Minnesota brewery. August Schell Brewing was founded in 1860. It’s still running, and still owned by the same family. I can think of no better way to tell another, different story of beer’s American history.

I just (September 2019) published a revised edition of Ambitious Brew, which first appeared in 2006. This is a revised edition; it’s not updated (because see above!). I cleared fluff, reorganized two chapters, added a preface, and, HOORAH!, the ebook notes are clickable. It’s soooo cool: Click the note. It opens! Tap the screen anywhere. It closes!

In Meat We Trust was published in 2013 (a revised edition is in progress).

Key West: History of an Island of Dreams came out in 2003.

Frankly, I'm too lazy to do/say much about book number one, All the Modern Conveniences: American Household Plumbing, 1840-1890. It was my "tenure" book, written when I was still a university professor. You can find it here. (It's enough to know that it's a scholarly monograph [grab your dictionary or mouse/tracker], written for other academics. In a "which one of these is not like the others" test, the plumbing book would be the "not like the others" item.)

I prefer to write books -- long projects that take several years to research and write. But occasionally I produce shorter pieces, such as the ones listed below. These fall into three general categories.

First are published works, such as opinion essays and magazine articles. Second are links to long essays written specifically for my blog.  Third are the entries in a blog series titled "First Draft Follies."

Links for the multi-part blog entries will take you to the first installment of each series, which will contain links to the other parts of that series.



Short Published Pieces

"Don't Like the American Way of Meat? Blame That First Thanksgiving Meal," Time.com, November 28, 2013

"Riots, Rage, and Resistance: A Brief History of How Antibiotics Arrived on the Farm," ScientificAmerican.com, September 3, 2012

"A Century Before the Lab-Grown Burger, This Chemist Imagined 'Toothsome' Manufactured Food," Slate.com, August 7, 2103

"What Revolution?" All About Beer, September 2009 (not available online)

This Bud's for the Age of Obama Washington Post, August 2, 2009 (Note: The online version was titled "The Racial Politics of Beer.)

"Toast the Constitution and the Work to Save It," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 5, 2008

75 Years After the Repeal of Prohibition, We’re Still Captives of the ‘Dry’ Crusade US News.com, December 4, 2008

Farewell -- and Thanks: Why the Busch Family Mattered Modern Brewery Age, October 2008

The Belgians Want Bud? I'll Drink to That Washington Post, July 6, 2008.

The Day the Beer Flowed Again Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2008.

The Perils and Pleasures of Going 'Popular'; Or, My Life As a Loser Historically Speaking March/April 2007


General Blog Series/Essays

Pink Slime: (More) History and A Dollop of Sermonizing, Parts 1-5

The Politics of Food & the Historian's Work: Where the Twain Shall Meet, Parts 1-3

"What Revolution?": The Outtakes, Parts 1-3

The Problem with Pollan[ism]; Or, Why Simplistic Thinking Won't Solve the "Food Crisis"

Creating A "Green" Future: The American Revolution, Consumer Action, and "Ecological Intelligence," Parts 1-6

Filmmaking, Writing, Beer, Insularity, History, and Other Topics More-Or-Less Related to “Beer Wars,” Parts 1-13

Is This the Dawning of the Age of . . . E-Quarius?, Parts 1-5

Historians and the Preservation of Newspaper Content, Parts 1-4

A Historian At Work: Using Facts to Build "Stories," Parts 1-5

Historical Significance and the Election of 2008, Parts 1-2

History and the American Economy: Where Have We Been? Where Should We Go?, Parts 1-5

Looking Back At the Future of Brewing, Parts 1-5

A-B InBev, History, and American Brewing, Parts 1-6


The "First Draft Follies" Series

The "Women's Crusade" of the 1870s, Parts 1-3


Music and the "New" Beer, c. 1970, Parts 1-2

Early History of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association, Parts 1-9

Budweiser, Baseball, and . . . Communism, Parts 1-4

"Kids," Beer, and the 1960s, Parts 1-8

Mendocino Brewing, 1982-1983

The "Dry" Assault on American Brewing, 1916, Parts 1-3

Larry McCavitt and the Campaign for Real Ale

The Creation of CAMRA

The Founding of the American Homebrewers Association, Parts 1-6