The first book dedicated to Seattle’s rich beer history is set to be released on October 29 through Arcadia Publishing as part of their “Images of America” series. Author Kurt Stream has put together “Brewing in Seattle“, which includes over two hundred photos with history and stories being told in the captions of those photos. The book covers the history of Seattle breweries from 1864 through the present day craft beer revolution. The book also includes insights from important people of Seattle’s brewing past, like Paul Shipman, co-founder of Redhook and Terry Hecker, the man partially responsible for the iconic Rainier ads of the 70’s and 80’s. He even got 91 year old Mickey Rooney to talk about his recollections of filming his Rainier advertisements in the 70’s.
The book will be released on October 29, and you can also order a signed edition of the book directly from the author here. There will be a book release party at Pike Brewing on October 29 from 7pm to 10pm. Kurt will be making a short presentation, which will be followed by a book signing. There will be a nice assortment of appetizers, and of course beers will be available for purchase.
Book Description from Arcadia Publishing:
Brewing beer in Seattle can be traced back to 1864, when in the small, unincorporated town of under 1,000 people the first brewery opened and began manufacturing porter and cream ales. Over the next 50 years, innovation and entrepreneurship would take Seattle brewed beer to extraordinary heights. By the eve of Prohibition, powered by its popular Rainier Beer, the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company was the largest industrial institution in the state of Washington and the sixth-largest brewery in the world. Prohibition would wipe out the industry in 1916, but by 1933, new faces such as Emil Sick would emerge and bring Seattle back to the forefront of the brewing world. Images of America: Brewing in Seattle is the first book completely dedicated to the rich history of beer in Seattle and showcases just about every single brewery of this great city, from the mid-1800s to the recent craft-brewery boom. It offers a rare glimpse of photographs, advertisements, and interviews from some of the innovators who helped shape Seattle into the beer lover’s paradise it is today.