For over 300 years, prairie-dwellers have been brewing, selling and sipping their beers. 300 Years of Beer is a look back at Manitoba’s long and colourful brewing past. With over 400 illustrations of rare beer labels, retro bottles and ads dating back as far as the 1870s, 300 Years of Beer chronicles the bygone days when beer barons like Patrick Shea and E.L. Drewry ruled over an industry to the modern day microbrewer and explores the events that shaped the drinking habits of Manitobans.
WINNER – Best Illustrated Book of the Year
“Reflecting its roots in the world of breweriana, this is a history of the rise and fall of Manitoba breweries and the men (this was very much a man’s world) who owned and managed them … Its appeal is enormously enhanced by the profusion and skilful placement of the illustrations, many of them in colour, that both accompany the text and tell a story in their own right, often sparking unexpected trains of thought.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“200 pages that are chock-full of vintage labels, historical photographs, amusing anecdotes and brewing memorabilia dating back to the 1870s.” — The Brandon Sun
“It’s a book anyone with an interest in Manitoba history could pour, uh, pore over.” — Winnipeg Sun
“Two local brew aficionados have written what very well might be the best book for cracking open along with a cooler full of cold ones at the lake this summer.” — The Metro
“A new book looks to appeal to those who love a few wobbly pops — but its authors say history buffs could find refreshment as well.” — The Herald
“300 Years of Beer is a gorgeous coffee table book, perfect for any beer geek or Manitoba history buff. It is filled with lots of old photos, ads, beer labels, and logos of Manitoba breweries, pubs, and people connected to the beer scene over the years.” — Cenquist.com
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