The Lager Queen of Minnesota

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

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Edith Magnusson's rhubarb pies are famous in the Twin Cities. Still, she lays awake wondering how her life might have been different if her father hadn't left their family farm to her sister Helen. With the proceeds from the farm Helen built her husband s soda business into the top selling brewery in Minnesota. But when the fortune begins its inevitable decline, Diana Winter earns a shot at learning the beer business from the ground up. When the unthinkable happens, it's up to Grandma Edith to secure the next generation's chances for a better future. Can Grandma Edith's Rhubarb Pie In A Bottle Ale save Diana's fledgling brewery?
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books / Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780399563058
Branch Call Number: STRADAL
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 21, 2019

At first I thought the ending was going to be too saccharine, but then I read the beer review on page 327, and thought, "This is the review I want for the book!" Maybe not 100 out of 100, but it was a fun read.

PimaLib_SusannahC Jul 30, 2019

"Edith, for one, never once had been anywhere different, or ever truly had a break of any kind. Then again, she'd never intended to take one. Things were pretty decent where she was, and she didn't ever see the point of belly-aching about the things she couldn't change, especially in a world that never once ran a want ad looking for a complainer."
An excellent follow up to Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

Jul 27, 2019

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I read 'Kitchens of the Great Midwest' (Stradal's debut), three times in three years and waited patiently for a second novel. Let me just say 'The Lager Queen of Minnesota ' was worth the wait!

Born and raised in Minnesota, the story and writing are accurate, very relatable, and made me smile. By the end my eyes were leaking, my heart was full, and my body was covered in goosebumps. Yep, it feels that good.

Kudos to Judith Ivey's narration and her emphasis on strong vowels, which is ever so Minnesotan, don'cha know.

Personally, the only disturbing factor is the use of profanity, especially the F-Bomb. The story reads better without it and would make one of the best 'Clean Reads List' were they edited out of the story. And besides, it's a known fact that Minnesotan's aren't fans of profanity.

'The Lager Queen of Minnesota' will make for many grand book group discussions, especially with some Pie in a Bottle Ale! Skål!

Jul 12, 2019

Love, love, love this midwestern tale that pays tribute to family values and to beer! I am going to be recommending this one all around. I learned so much about the craft of brewing beer and now I want to go and try some new ones with different eyes. There are so many women learning the art of brewing in this book and they kick butt at it. Delightful. This was even better than Kitchens in my opinion. Highly recommended!


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