Bitter Brew

Bitter Brew

The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

Book - 2012
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Part cautionary tale, part business manual, a book spanning three centuries relates how five generations of men took a small, bankrupt brewery on the banks of the Mississippi and turned it into an international empire until its downfall.
Publisher: New York : HarperBusiness, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062009265
Branch Call Number: 338.766 KNO
Characteristics: 396 p


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Jul 02, 2016

This is the first book I've read about the beer brewing business in America. I found it very interesting and it gave me a bit of history of St. Louis along the way. The Busch family included many hard-working, brilliant men who built AB into the reigning American brewery, and set the stage for its eventual downfall. Although August IV was not up to the task of leading the business in the 21st Century, his father was also to blame for the takeover by InBev, believing that "The Fourth" would mend his ways and become an innovative leader of the company. The writing is informative and never boring - the author wrote about the successes and failures of the family from the founding of the brewery in 1865 by Adolphus Busch to the takeover in 2008. It was handy to have a Busch family tree in the front of the book too.


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