Authors: Ken Wells
Tunica County, Miss.
Two Brothers Brewing Co.
Two Druids' Gruit Ale
Under the Influence: The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty
United States Beer Drinking Team
University of California-Berkeley
Uptown Beer Movement
“Wabash Canon Ball, The,”
Wallace, David Rains
Wall Street Journal
Wells, “Pa” (author's father)
Westgate Bowl/Wellington Pub and Grill/Backwater Brewing Co.
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Widmer Brothers brewery
Williamson, Sonny Boy, II
health benefits of
WingHouse Bar and Grill
Winona State University
Wittgenstein, Gary J.
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Women Against a Violent Environment (WAVE)
World's Largest SIXS-Pack
World War II
World Wide Stout
ale vs. lager
Anheuser-Busch strain of
in brewing process
clone-purifying of, esters produced by
genetic mapping of
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
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
. 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
. 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.
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
. 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
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 www.bayoubro.com.
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.