The Lager Queen of Minnesota

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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" The perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day. " —Washington Post "[A] charmer of a take. . . Warm, witty and—like any good craft beer—complex, the saga delivers a subtly feminist and wholly life-affirming message." —People Magazine A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself. With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots. It's Blotz." Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it's not too late. Meanwhile, Edith's granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up—will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family? Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780399563072
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Aug 27, 2019

A delightful light read. A real story of family, commitment and dedication, in the context of craft beers.

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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