I really enjoyed this book and I have a good reason why. I even gave it four stars, which means that I found it to be a really good book or I had ulterior motives. First off, it is non-fiction which almost garners a star just for being readable. What I really enjoyed about this book though is how it correlates with science. Beer is a healthy drink and water is poisonous. At first I was very dubious about this claim, but in light of how little people knew in 1600's, 1700's and 1800's the claim becomes quite plausible. Think about how complicated it is to brew beer. Yeast? They didn't even really know what yeast was. Medicine? Pre-Lister era. Machines? Steam engines appear eventually. Chemical reactions... during this time. It's really awesome seeing how this develops. This feature of the book makes up for the sections of the book where the author, G-Dog, just claims beer was a part of this important event because ... it was there.
One of the most important but little-known aspects of early American history was beer's role in the founding of our country and its formative years. The definitive account of beer's impact on people and events that shaped the birth of a nation will astonish readers.