Philadelphia Inquirer May 31, 2012

Market Basket – Brewing Philly Beer History

By Craig LaBan

Philadelphia – Northern Liberties, to be exact – was the 19th century birthplace of American lager. But it was also a trove of other beer traditions, from the porter brewed by Robert Hare that George Washington drank, to the 48 breweries that quenched the “Workshop of the World” before Prohibition took its devastating toll. Pennsylvania beer historian Rich Wagner chronicles it all, with gorgeous historic prints that bring Philly's great beer heritage alive, culminating in its current renaissance.

Philadelphia Beer, by Rich Wagner (The History Press), $19.99. Hear Wagner speak Saturday at noon at the Philadelphia Brewing Co. (2423-39 Amber St.).