"MASHED, SPARGED, BOILED, COOLED, DOUBLY FERMENTED, CLARIFIED AND THOROUGHLY AGED": FIRST EDITION OF GEORGE EHRET'S TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF BREWING WITH AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF AMERICAN BEER, 1891
EHRET, George. Twenty-Five Years of Brewing with an Illustrated History of American Beer Dedicated to the Friends of George Ehret. (New York: Gast Lithograph and Engraving, 1891). Slim quarto, original gilt-stamped dark green cloth, patterned endpapers. $750.
First edition of Ehret's fascinating combined history of brewing in America and history of his Hell Gate Brewery, which was the nation’s largest brewery for much of the late 19th century, with over 100 full-page and in-text illustrations, in original gilt-stamped cloth.
Author George Ehret founded The Hell Gate Brewery in 1866 in New York City, along the East River. Striving to imitate a Munich lager, he began producing a wildly popular beer that only grew more popular over time. Ehret wrote this work to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the brewery, starting with a history of beer in early America from 1635 and until 1866 and then continuing with an intimate history of The Hell Gate Brewery from an insider's perspective. His Twenty-Five years of Brewing offers a fascinating look at the brewing industry and Ehret's place within it.
Interior fine, mild rubbing to original cloth, A handsome near-fine copy.