Upper Peninsula Beer: A History of Brewing Above the Bridge
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Brewing came to the Upper Peninsula in the 1600s, when French fur traders substituted pine needles for hops in batches of spruce beer. Promoted as a health drink, the evergreen suds remained in favor with the British army when it occupied the region. German immigrants drawn in by the mining boom introduced more variety to the area’s fermented beverage selection, and the first of many commercial breweries opened in Sault Ste. Marie in 1850. Today, Keweenaw, Blackrocks and Ore Dock Brewing Companies are a few of the local craft brewers canning, bottling and shipping the malty flavor of the Peninsula throughout Michigan, Wisconsin and beyond.
The History Press
: 9781626195684
: The History Press
: 04/27/2015
: Michigan
: American Palate
: 33 Black And White
: 128
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Russell M. Magnaghi is the foremost academic historian of the region. A professor of history, he has taught at Northern Michigan University for over four decades. Magnaghi earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1965 from the University of San Francisco, his master of arts (’67) and PhD (’69) from St. Louis University in Missouri.
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