The Lager Queen of Minnesota

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

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A talented baker running a business out of her nursing home reconnects with her master brewer sister at the same time her pregnant granddaughter launches an IPA brewpub.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books / Viking, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399563058
0399563059
Branch Call Number: F STRADAL
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm

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“A heartwarming and witty novel with a distinctly Minnesotan feel, the author follows two sisters and their grandmother who become involved in the brewing industry. For readers who loved Where’d You Go Bernadette.”

Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN


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josiehann
Aug 21, 2019

At first I thought the ending was going to be too saccharine, but then I read the beer review on page 327, and thought, "This is the review I want for the book!" Maybe not 100 out of 100, but it was a fun read.

PimaLib_SusannahC Jul 30, 2019

"Edith, for one, never once had been anywhere different, or ever truly had a break of any kind. Then again, she'd never intended to take one. Things were pretty decent where she was, and she didn't ever see the point of belly-aching about the things she couldn't change, especially in a world that never once ran a want ad looking for a complainer."
An excellent follow up to Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

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Inga57
Jul 27, 2019

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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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