The Lager Queen Of Minnesota

The Lager Queen Of Minnesota

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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?
Publisher: [New York] :, Pamela Dorman Books,, [2019]
ISBN: 9780399563058
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm

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TCCL_Adult_Fiction
Oct 30, 2019

His first book was one of my favorites and this one is just as good!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 21, 2019

I was apprehensive about a man writing such a female-centered story. There are definitely things about the narrative that missed the mark a bit...but this is a really good gentle multi-generational story of a mid-western family that will have broad appeal.

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IrishMoon
Oct 16, 2019

When I put this book on hold, I didn't know if I'd like it as it is not a genre I typically read, plus I don't care for beer, but I ordered it anyway, as it was set in my home state of Minnesota. This book is a family saga, with the beer industry playing a major role. Even though I don't care for beer, I came away feeling educated about many of the intricacies of brewing various varieties of beer, so I found that very interesting and gained a great deal of respect for the dedication and talents of craft brewers. I was also pleased to read that not only was the book set in my home state of Minnesota, the setting was in the general area where I lived for 20 years as I raised my children. I've been gone for nearly 25 years now, so it was fun to read how many things were still familiar, as well as those things that have changed in the area. The family saga was filled with struggles as well as hope. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I absolutely loved the ending!

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IrishMoon
Oct 16, 2019

When I put this book on hold, I didn't know if I'd like it as it is not a genre I typically read, plus I don't care for beer, but I ordered it anyway, as it was set in my home state of Minnesota. This book is a family saga, with the beer industry playing a major role. Even though I don't care for beer, I came away feeling educated about many of the intricacies of brewing various varieties of beer, so I found that very interesting and gained a great deal of respect for the dedication and talents of craft brewers. I was also pleased to read that not only was the book set in my home state of Minnesota, the setting was in the general area where I lived for 20 years as I raised my children. I've been gone for nearly 25 years now, so it was fun to read how many things were still familiar, as well as those things that have changed in the area. The family saga was filled with struggles as well as hope. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I absolutely loved the ending!

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elihu67YC
Aug 27, 2019

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

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Inga57
Jul 27, 2019

Kindle Immersion Read
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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPl2r_I0_I4

'The Lager Queen of Minnesota' will make for many grand book group discussions, especially with some Pie in a Bottle Ale! Skål!

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darladoodles
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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