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All About Beer review of Crafty Bastards

Check out Jim Baumer’s review of Crafty Bastards in the March 2015 issue of All About Beer magazine, which is celebrating its 35th birthday. My fave bit: “Throughout this historic romp, the author deftly crams in as many tidbits as possible while weaving an engaging narrative, avoiding the stuffy tone that often accompanies history books.”

Beer Advocate review

Review of Crafty Bastards in Beer Advocate magazine

The January 2015 (#96) issue of Beer Advocate Magazine features a “Shelf Talker” review of Crafty Bastards. I took a picture of it so you can read it for yourselves. What? You don’t have a copy yet? Well this review will make you want one.

Cold-weather beers on America’s Test Kitchen

ATK-coldweatherbeersWell, I got to hang with Christopher Kimball again on America’s Test Kitchen radio show recently (scroll to 37:00). The theme: Cold-weather beers. I went to Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont and chose five brews in different styles and from different places in the U.S. In order, we (notably) went from dark to light, weak to strong: Uinta Baba Black Lager, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Stone Smoked Porter, Geary’s Hampshire Ale and Allagash Tripel. After listening to the short segment, check out my notes about the beers on the ATK blog The Feed.

Two new ‘Bastard’ reviews

Yankee Brew News - book reviewTwo new reviews of Crafty Bastards — one in Maine Today and one in Yankee Brew News — make me smile. In Maine Today, Dave Patterson writes: “With prose as crisp and clean as a Peeper Ale, Clark’s Crafty Bastards is an engaging, evocative read. She absorbs her reader with intoxicating tales about the complex brewing history of New England over the last four hundred years from European settlers to early hop and grain farming practices to Prohibition to where we stand today.”

In Yankee Brew News, Kris Butler leads her review with: “Lauren Clark arrived at Stoddard’s in Boston to read from her new book, Crafty Bastards, dressed as the quintessential Yankee that she is: elegant black dress; backpack. Her writing is pure Yankee, too. No extra words, and an easy conversational style.”

Having your prose compared to the Maine Beer Co.’s Peeper Ale and being called a quintessential Yankee? Daymakers.

DigBoston Review of Crafty Bastards

DigBoston review

In the latest issue of DigBoston, Karen Cinpinski’s article, “Honest Pint: You Bastards,” reviews Crafty Bastards in the Dig’s good, old irreverent style. “In light of DigBoston‘s forthcoming craft beer issue, I rapped with Clark about her new book and some of the aspects of the Northeast’s boozy history that she finds most fascinating,” she writes.

July 4 beer tasting with America’s Test Kitchen

Me and Christopher Kimball pictured on the ATK blog.

Me and Christopher Kimball pictured on the ATK blog.

It was a blast to be on America’s Test Kitchen’s July 4 special this past weekend (in Boston, it aired on WGBH): “The Amazing History, Lore and Science of America’s Favorite Drink,” a.k.a. BEER! I show up at about the 29:00 minute mark. Before me, there’s a terrific interview on the history of beer with author Maureen Ogle, plus lots of barbecue tips sprinkled through the rest of the show. I’ll show up on ATK again in the fall talking about cold-weather brews. Stay tuned.

I also wrote a post on the tasting, and beer styles in general, for America’s Test Kitchen Feed (the ATK blog) called “Making Sense of Beer Styles.” Cheers!

In the Globe and on WBUR


Thanks to Gary Dzen for a fun June 7 Sunday Globe piece on me and Crafty Bastards. It was also a blast talking to Anthony Brooks on WBUR’s Radio Boston on June 11, along with Dan Paquette and Martha Simpson-Holley of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.

Martha Simpson-Holley and Dann Paquette of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, and me.

Martha Simpson-Holley and Dann Paquette of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, and me.

Connecticut TV debut

WTNH-screenshotThe awesomely named Kent Pierce of WTNH News 8 — New Haven, Connecticut’s ABC affiliate — interviewed me about Crafty Bastards this morning on Good Morning Connecticut. We talk about two lesser known groups of brewers — women and Puritans — and some of New England’s best modern breweries.

I also signed books at the Barnes & Noble in Stamford yesterday and visited the excellent Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford (lovely taproom and beer garden with food truck) and the great Sally’s Apizza in New Haven. Sally’s is one of the most famed pizzerias in a town famous for pizza, and it seems not to have succumbed one bit to the demands of contemporary tourism. No wonder Frank Sinatra loved it.

Spotted at the Crafty Bastards launch party

Mary Ellen Lahey (wife of Notch brewer Chris Lohring), Kristen Sykes of Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society, me and Rebecca Jane Millette of Girls Pint Out.

Mary Ellen Lahey (wife of Notch brewer Chris Lohring), Kristen Sykes of Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society, me and Rebecca Jane Millette of Girls Pint Out.

Last night, Union Park Press and I threw the Boston launch party for Crafty Bastards at Row 34. Brewers, bar industry folk, media, friends and family were there. We drank great beers from Notch, Mystic, Trillium and the Maine Beer Co., and I signed a bunch of books. chronicled the affair in photos.

Thanks to all!

Boston Mag Q&A for Crafty Bastards


Christopher Hughes wrote up a fun Q&A with me about the book for Boston Mag online.