Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

By Ken Grossman

Personal stories of perseverance and beer making from the founding father of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beyond the Pale chronicles Ken Grossman's trip from hobbyist homebrewer to proprietor of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., probably the most profitable craft breweries within the usa. From younger adventures to pioneering craft brewer, Ken Grossman stocks the rigors and tribulations of creating a brewery that produces greater than 800,000 barrels of beer a 12 months whereas conserving its dedication to utilizing the best constituents to be had. when you consider that Grossman based Sierra Nevada in 1980, a part of a turning out to be beer revolution in the United States, critics have proclaimed his beer to be "among the easiest brewed anyplace within the world."

  • Beyond the Pale describes Grossman's special approach to creating and dispensing one in every of America's best-loved manufacturers of beer, whereas targeting humans, the planet and the product
  • Explores the "Sierra Nevada way," as exemplified via founder Ken Grossman, together with an emphasis on sustainability, nonconformity, following one's ardour, and doing issues definitely the right way
  • Details Grossman's commence, home-brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his personal, changing into a educated domestic brewer, and later, development a small brewery within the city of Chico, California

Beyond the Pale indicates how with labor, commitment, and concentration, you will be winning following your dream.

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