Bill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when home brewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. Today there are over 7,000 such breweries nationwide, and Vermont has the highest percentage of breweries per capita in the country. Mares has written three editions of Making Beer, and fathered Vermont’s brewpub-enabling law in the 1980s. In this presentation, Mares offers a short history of beer itself and discusses Vermont’s small but significant contribution to the American beer revolution.
About the Presenter
Bill Mares has been a reporter-photographer, state legislator and high school teacher. Raised in Texas and educated at Harvard, he has authored or co-authored 17 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to desert travel, from war memorials to Vermont humor.
With Ross Conrad and others, he has just published a history of beekeeping in Vermont, The Land of Milk and Honey. He lives in Burlington with his wife of 48 years, Chris Hadsel. They have two sons.