Baltimore Beer: A New Guide to Mobtown Brew
Erstwhile Sun scribe Rob Kasper’s Baltimore Beer (The History Press, 2012) took a long time to ferment, but now that it’s on tap, more than a decade after it was first intended for publication, it lives up to its subtitle: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing. Kasper did his homework on the historical aspects of Mobtown brewing, which, as the book points out, have been well covered in books and articles, both vintage and recent. He retells the story in a highly readable fashion, but Beer excels most as a guide to the here, now, and soon-to-be, providing a comprehensive survey of the current scene that will help readers learn where to sate their thirst for local suds. Kasper will be on hand for book signings in Baltimore on June 8 (Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd., 7-9 p.m.) and June 10 (Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt St., 3:30-5:30 p.m.).