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IHS Press Announces Release of Indiana: One Pint at a Time

July 12, 2010

For Immediate Release                                                                           

Contact: Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager

(317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org   

 

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society Press is proud to announce the release of Indiana: One Pint at a Time, written by Douglas A. Wissing. The book chronicles the history of brewing in Indiana, from its roots in 1816 to the recent resurgence in craft brewing.

When Father George Rapp and his 800 followers arrived in New Harmony in 1814, they worked to “make of the wild country fertile fields and gardens of pleasure.” Although they planted thousands of acres of crops, the Harmonists decided they were missing one essential element – beer. By the fall of 1816, they had a brewery in operation. 

In Indiana: One Pint at a Time, award-winning author Douglas Wissing takes the reader on a journey through the history of beer from prehistoric times through industrial brewing.  The book also details the history of brewing in the Hoosier State, including the Indiana-German brewers who dominated the industry until Prohibition, the 20th-century decline of industrial breweries and the rise of craft breweries in the 1990s.

The book includes detailed descriptions and information on Indiana’s approximately 30 craft breweries, which produced more than 28,000 barrels of beer in 2007 and achieved honors in both national and international competitions.

About the Author

Douglas A. Wissing is a journalist and author from Bloomington who has contributed to such publications as The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.  He is the author of Pioneer in Tibet: The Life and Perils of Dr. Albert Shelton.

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Title:                                       Indiana: One Pint at a Time

Illustrations:                          Color and black-and-white illustrations

Price:                                      $24.95

Pages:                                    264

Cover:                                    Paper

Publication Date:                 July 2010

ISBN:                                      978-0-87195-283-7

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.

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For more information, images or to schedule an interview, contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at (317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org.