Western North Carolina has evolved from a mountainous frontier dotted with dry communities into an international destination for craft beer drinkers. Long-time beer writer Anne Fitten Glenn penned this as a companion volume to her first book, Asheville Beer, An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing. This new history of ales and lagers includes the tales of formerly dry towns and counties revising their post-Prohibition regulations to welcome breweries. She relates how those breweries attract community, jobs, tourists, and dollars, as well as mixed emotions, legal conundrums, and entrepreneurial challenges. Glenn traces the history of Western North Carolina beer from the wild days of saloons, bootleggers, and Asheville’s first breweries, through one of the longest Prohibitions in the nation, to the craft beer explosion of the 21st century.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Anne Fitten Glenn has been writing about and working in the beer business on and off since the 1990s. She is the author of two beer books, Western North Carolina: A Mountain Brew History (2018) and Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing (2012), both published by Arcadia/The History Press. She pens a regular “Mountain Brews” article for Edible Asheville and has written for numerous other publications, including All About Beer, Smoky Mountain Living, WNC Magazine, Asheville Citizen-Times, and CraftBeer.com. She served on the Asheville Brewers Alliance Board of Directors for almost five years and was a founding organizer of Asheville Beer Week. Western North Carolinians may remember her “Edgy Mama” and “Brewgasm” columns, which ran for several years in Mountain Xpress.