COVID-19 ruin your brewery tour? Miss going out to your local brewery? Well do I have a solution for you! Read THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA while drinking a beer and eating some pretzels and you will be whisked away in this story.
I freaking loved this story about family, the Midwest, and beer. It had some really freaking developed characters and was one of the best books I’ve read recently. As a born and raised Minnesotan it was pretty dang realistic and felt like I was reading home. It was so odd feeling like my soul was so visible with the mannerisms and verbiage of Minnesotans so perfectly captured in writing. It was wonderful!
My six word review:
You like craft beer? You betcha!
A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer.
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?
Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that’s often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we’re surprised, moved, and delighted.