The Beer Nut: Stone Brewing Co. Now Has a Book

Written by Norman Miller for GateHouse News Service and

The Stone Brewing Company brews brash, hoppy, bitter and big in-your-face beers.

Now the founders of the Escondido, Calif., brewery and its public relations director have written a book that details Stone’s history and discusses the various beers. It also includes homebrew recipes for a number of beers, as well as recipes for different dishes from the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.

“The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance,” by Greg Koch, Steve Wagner and Randy Clemens, was released last week.

The book itself is a beautiful hardcover. Published by Ten Speed Press, the 201 page book retails for $25. It’s also full of quality, glossy photos — a perfect coffee-table book.

“Things are almost universally better when people do something the way they think it should be done,” said Stone co-founder and CEO Koch, who founded the brewery in 1996 with Wagner.

“Brewing tasty beer in our particular way; taking advice and supporting our vision; sharing the story of our unique style of success … that’s why Stone has been such a fast-growing company for so long.”

“The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.” is split up in four separate parts. The first part includes A Story Called Stone, which tells the history of the brewery and how Koch and Wagner came together to form it.

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The Evolution of Pabst Blue Ribbon’s Beer Advertising

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Pabst Blue Ribbon, also known as PBR, is the most famous product of the Pabst Brewing Company, and incidentally, my favorite beer. Known by a few different names (Pabst Best Select and Pabst Select), before its current PBR moniker, PBR has been around since 1882. A while back I realized that I don’t think I’ve ever seen, watched, or heard a PBR advertisement though. I know the brand had experienced a cult renaissance during the last decade or so, and that my grandfather used to drink it when he was my age, but that was about it. A friend of mine showed me a vintage Pabst ad from the forties and, because it was so seemingly ridiculous, it made me wonder how these advertisements (and alcohol marketing as a whole) had evolved over the years. I’ve included some advertisements from the last century, as well as my commentary on what I believe the marketing approach was at that time so that we all can enjoy the evolution of this beloved brand.

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