Over the Barrel Wins ABA Excellence
in Literature Award for 2002
Two-Volume Work Cited as Outstanding Publication of the Year
(July 26, 2002 - St. Joseph, MO) – The American Breweriana Association (ABA) has named Over the Barrel: The Brewing History and Beer Culture of Cincinnati as the recipient of its Annual Award for Excellence in Literature for 2002. The Association is dedicated to the preservation of America’s brewing history, and the publication of contemporary scholarship which reflects the contributions of American breweries to the nation’s economic and social progress over the course of several centuries. In presenting the award to author Timothy J. Holian, the ABA cited “outstanding achievement” in support of the objectives to which the organization is devoted. “I’m very honored to receive this prize,” stated Holian upon learning of the designation. “To be recognized in that light, and by an organization so widely respected and admired in its field, is something that will always be a source of great pride.”
In announcing its selection, the American Breweriana Association had the following to say about the Over the Barrel project: “The author’s earlier book on brewing in Cincinnati before Prohibition (Volume One) is the definitive work on the subject, well written and fully documented. It was a classic work on the rich and colorful history of brewing in that city. Now, with Volume Two, the epic is complete and masterfully chronicled in words and photographs of the people, the breweries, their advertising, their demise, and the new renaissance of brewing in the Queen City. The quality of the research and scope of the Over the Barrel books earn this year’s Excellence in Literature Award.”
A Cincinnati native, Holian spent five years meticulously researching the history and gathering the photos and illustrations that went into his two-volume survey. Volume One (1800-1919), published in November 2000, examines the local beer industry and the malt beverage culture of Cincinnati and surroundings, as they existed from their roots at the beginning of the nineteenth century until an untimely demise with the onset of Prohibition legislation. Volume Two (1920-2001), released one year later, presents an in-depth overview of Cincinnati’s modern beer industry, from the time of Repeal to the present day impact of its microbrewers, tracing the evolution and ultimate demise of longtime area brewing icons such as Burger, Hudepohl, Wiedemann, Bavarian, and Red Top. Both volumes are filled with hundreds of rare illustrations, gathered from long-unseen print sources, private collections, archival holdings of the University of Cincinnati and the Kenton County Public Library, and the Cincinnati Museum Center, among others. In addition, the Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company, Cincinnati’s last remaining regional beer company, opened its extensive archives to the author, offering - for the first time ever - unlimited access to an outside researcher. Hudepohl-Schoenling also made a substantive financial contribution toward publication of the work. The result is the authoritative treatment of the importance of beer culture and brewing activity in Cincinnati, as well as the most extensive overview to date of the role of beer and brewing in a major center of malt beverage production.
Author Timothy J. Holian has long been a scholar of both German-American history and the brewing industry. His previous literary work includes the 1996 book, The German-Americans and World War II: An Ethnic Experience (New York: Peter Lang; second edition published 1998).
Over The Barrel is available at a variety of Cincinnati- and Dayton-area bookstores, including Joseph Beth Booksellers, Borders Books and Music, and the Ohio Book Store; as well as selected specialty retailers such as Jungle Jim’s International Market and the Cincinnati Museum Center Gift Shop.
After almost two years of steady demand, Volume One is sold out at retail establishments. However, Sudhaus Press has maintained a limited supply of this title, while continuing to stock Volume Two, and has made both available for mail-order customers. The retail price for Volume One is $24.95 per copy (+$4.95 USPS Priority Mail Shipping each). Slightly longer and with significantly more color image reproduction, Volume Two carries a list price of $29.95 per copy (+$4.95 USPS Priority Mail Shipping each). Either volume or both can be ordered directly from the publisher by calling (816) 294-3957 or (816) 279-2482; or by sending a check or money order to Sudhaus Press; 610 Tanglewood Drive; St. Joseph, MO 64506. Autographed and/or personalized copies are available at no additional cost.
Members of the media are encouraged to contact the author for additional information on the book or to discuss the subject matter in depth. Personal and/or promotional appearances by the author may also be arranged via Sudhaus Press, at the address/phone above.
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