Academic journal article Manitoba History

Bill Wright and Dave Craig, 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Bill Wright and Dave Craig, 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba

Article excerpt

Bill Wright and Dave Craig, 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba. Winnipeg: Great Plains Publications, 2013, 208 pages. ISBN 978-1-926531-71-7, $35.00 (paperback)

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

There are many books about the history of brewing in Canada, but precious few that document the industry specifically in Manitoba. Certainly none is as up-to-date as this one, which brings us well past the loss of Molson's and Labatt's, to the modern era of the new Fort Garry, Half Pints, and Farmery brewing companies.

The book is very readable and its large size showcases the rich visuals that accompany the text. While there are very few references to lead the reader to deeper details, this book offers as complete a picture of brewing in Manitoba as the casual reader might need. Clearly the book is written for a popular rather than an academic audience, though historians will likely find much of value in it as well. Indeed, the authors are not professional writers, a fact which becomes obvious, as the book is full of quirks of writing style, and minor typographical or editorial errors. Despite this, the book is a fun read, and one which the reader will have trouble putting down. This is partly because much of the book is written in the form of vignettes, drawing the reader through piece by piece--there's always time to read one more section!

As this book is about brewing, brewers, and breweries, this book is also about the times in which they flourished. Personal histories are woven together with corporate ones, and a feel for the context is successfully conveyed along with the details of the breweries themselves. Thematically, the book offers variety rather than a formulaic presentation. There are chapters on the major breweries like Drewry's and Shea's; chapters on specific places like the city of Brandon and Winnipeg's Osborne Street; and also chapters on distinct periods in Manitoba's history like the prohibition era and the wave of consolidation that arrived in the 1950s, when Molson, Carling, O'Keefe, and Labatt entered the market and bought out existing breweries. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.