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Tunica, Miss.

Tunica County, Miss.

Tun Tavern



Tutankhamen Ale

Twain, Mark

Twenty-first Amendment

Two Brothers Brewing Co.

Two Druids' Gruit Ale

Tyler (bartender)


Under the Influence: The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty

United States Beer Drinking Team

University of California-Berkeley

Uptown Beer Movement


Vassar, Matthew

Vassar College

Venice, La.



“Wabash Canon Ball, The,”

Waldorf-Astoria hotel

Wallace, David Rains

Wall Street Journal


Wapello, Iowa

Washington, George

Waters, Muddy

Wells, “Pa” (author's father)

Wells, Pershing

Wellstone, Paul

Wendell, David

Westgate Bowl/Wellington Pub and Grill/Backwater Brewing Co.



White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

White Labs

Whitman, Walt

Widmer Brothers brewery

Wiedemann's lager

wiener schnitzel

wild rice

Wilkerson, Dean

Wilkins, Jody

Williams, Andy

Williamson, Sonny Boy, II

Willoughby, Roger

Wills, Danny


health benefits of

Wine Art

WingHouse Bar and Grill

Winnebago Indians

Winona, Minn.

Winona State University

Winter, Edgar


wit beer

Wittgenstein, Gary J.


Woman's Christian Temperance Union

Women Against a Violent Environment (WAVE)

Wood, Jeannie


World's Largest SIXS-Pack

World War II

World Wide Stout


Wyeast Laboratories





ale vs. lager

Anheuser-Busch strain of


in brewing process

clone-purifying of, esters produced by

and fermentation

genetic mapping of


propagation of

strains of

yeast rustling

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Young, Brigham

Yuengling Brewery




ZZ Top

About the Author

Ken Wells, a career journalist and part-time novelist, grew up in a beer-drinking family on the banks of Bayou Black deep in Louisiana's Cajun Delta. He began his writing career as a nineteen-year-old college dropout covering car wrecks and gator sightings for the
Houma Courier
. He left the bayous in 1975 for the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he earned a master's degree and went on to a feature writing job at the
Miami Herald
. In 1982, his final year at the Herald, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a series on how a vast flood control system built for powerful agribusiness interests was helping to decimate the Florida Everglades.

Wells joined
The Wall Street Journal
that same year and served stints in its San Francisco and London bureaus before moving to New York in 1993 as a features editor and writer for Page One. He's covered stories as disparate as polygamy in Utah, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, South Africa's transition to a multiracial democracy, and the first Persian Gulf War. As a Page One editor, he supervised a small team of reporters who wrote exclusively for the front page on issues such as race, immigration, and the environment. Since the end of Beer Year, Wells has traded in his editor's post on Page One to lend a hand helping to run the Journal's book publishing enterprise.

In his spare time, Wells drinks beer, fishes when he can, dabbles in songwriting, and writes fiction. He is the author of three well-received novels of the Cajun bayous,
Meely LaBauve, Junior's Leg
, and
Logon's Storm
. He is also the editor of two anthologies from Wall Street Journal Books,
Floating off the Page: The Best Stories from the
Wall Street Journal's
“Middle Column”
Herd on the Street: Animal Stories from the
Wall Street Journal. Wells works in Manhattan and lives with his family under some very large oak trees on the far outskirts of town. You can visit him in his bayou milieu at

For a definition of Extreme Beer, we commend you to our glossary of beer terms at the end of this book.

As this book was being put to bed, a proposed merger between Belgian brewing giant Interbrew and Brazil's AmBev threatened to knock Anheuser-Busch from its perch as the world's biggest beer producer.

James Page has since closed its small Minneapolis brewery and contract-brews all of its beer through the August Schell Brewing Co.

During a subsequent fact-checking interview, Maribeth Raines-Casselman told me she and her husband Steve had separated.

Author's note: David Wendell no longer works at Wyeast.

Port Hailing Brewing has since gone out of business.

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