Of Mines and Beer! 150 Years of Brewing History in Gilpin County, Colorado, and Beyond | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/mines-and-beer-150-years-brewing-history-gilpin-county-colorado-and-beyond[12/8/2015 9:34:54 AM] Home Of Mines and Beer! 150 Years of Brewing History in Gilpin County, Colorado, and BeyondOf Mines and Beer! 150 Years of Brewing History in Gilpin County, Colorado, and BeyondSubmitted by nwharton on 2-15-2013 04:42 PMAuthor: Dave Thomas Publishing: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Reviewer: Lew Cady By day I make the cars; by night I make the bars. Those soulful words are from Detroit City, a 1963 Grammy-winning song. Thats the way it usually is for men who work hard: They play hard. (Read: Drink.) Few workers worked harder than the hard-rock miners who wrested ore from deep inside the Colorado Rockies. You could say that back in hard-rock minings boom years, the miners worked in the drifts by day and by night they worked on the drafts. Drafts of beer, of course, which is the subject of this book by Dave Thomas. Of Mines and Beer! is a fascinating history of beer and brewing in and around Gilpin County, the site of John Gregorys big discovery in 1859. Gregorys strike led to the gold rush that almost instantly filled what we now know as Central City, Black Hawk, and Nevadaville and other surrounding towns with thousands of miners. In the years that followed, some $3.3 billion in gold was extracted from those hillsides (in todays dollars). One wonders how many of those dollars went for beer. That is about the only fact, factoid, or factoidette that isnt packed into the 112 beer-soaked pages making up Of Mines and Beer! Brewing began up there in 1862 with the establishment of the Rocky Mountain Brewery on the west end of Eureka Street in Central City. It operated on that site for thirty-seven years. During those years, it was also known as Wills Brewery, the Mack Brewery, the Mack & Good Brewery, and the Eureka Gulch Brewery. The brewerys beer garden was a popular destination back in the days of ore; Gilpin County men and women would meet there while their children played in the small swimming pool, which also served as a skating rinkand source of icein the winter. Over the 150 years of brewing in Gilpin County, thirteen different breweries have comeand all, except for one, have gone. This book tells all of their fascinating tales. And it adds the stories of breweries in other mountain towns such as Idaho Springs and Georgetown. It also touches on the brewing histories of Golden, Denver, and Boulder. Of Mines and Beer! explains brewing techniques, beer styles and how they came about, noteworthy saloons in the old days, and the lengths that the brewers in mining camps went in trying to win the favor of their local newspapers. Throughout, the book is salted with beery tidbits. Example from page 86: The word berserk comes from beer. After consuming a powerful brew . Vikings would go fearlessly to the battlefield without their armor or even their shirts. . berserk means bear shirt in Norse, and eventually came to describe wild EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWithin Colorado boundaries are lands once claimed by Spanish kings and Mexican governors.
Of Mines and Beer! 150 Years of Brewing History in Gilpin County, Colorado, and Beyond | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/mines-and-beer-150-years-brewing-history-gilpin-county-colorado-and-beyond[12/8/2015 9:34:54 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us battles. Dave Thomas is uniquely qualified to write this book. It has been said that Thomas lives at the intersection of mining and brewing. A thirty-year resident (and student) of Gilpin County, he is a director of the Gilpin Historical Society. But if his mining and history credentials are good, his beer credentials are golden. He has a degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. He also earned a masters in brewing at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. And for thirty-two years he was a tech guy for Coors. Thomas is a past-president of the American Society of Brewing Chemists. He is now an executive brewing consultant for Ecolab, senior malting advisor for Colorado Malting Company, and a writer for The Brewer and Distiller International out of London. And he brews. Thomas works with Buddy Schmalz, proprietor of fifteen-year-old Dostal Alley Brewing Company in Central City, the one brewery currently operating in Gilpin County. His expertise has helped Dostal brew up a number of award-winning beers. Dave Thomas knows his stuffthe history of a century and a half of mining and brewing in Gilpin County. Warning: It is virtually impossible to read this bookor write a review of itwithout a beer in hand. Reviewer Info: Lew Cady created advertising for Utica Club Beer (We drink all we can. The rest we sell.) while working as a copywriter for Benton & Bowles in New York. As a writer and creative director of the Denver ad agency Broyles, Allebaugh & Davis, he wrote corporate advertising for Coors. Lew has also worked for the Wynkoop Brewing Company and has visited brewpubs in all fifty states. Since 1970, Cady has been editor of Central Citys irregularly published semi-underground newspaper, The Little Kingdom Come Over the years, he has organized a series of gatherings of the remaining hard-rock miners in Gilpin County to hear them tell tales of their adventures underground.