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Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History - Book signing with Brian Sorensen

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 3201 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR

Brian Sorensen, a freelance writer based in Fayetteville, will make a special appearance at the Main Library to promote, sign, and sell his latest book, Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History.

Arkansas's booze scene had a promising start with America's biggest brewing families, Busch and Lemp, investing in Little Rock just prior to Prohibition. However, by 1915, the state had passed the Newberry Act, banning the manufacturing and selling of alcohol. It was not until sixty-nine years later that the state welcomed its first post-temperance brewery, Arkansas Brewery Company.

After a few false starts, brewpubs in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, and Little Rock found success. By 2000 the industry had regained momentum. An explosion of breweries around the state has since propelled Arkansas into the modern beer age.

The author's work has appeared in the Fayetteville FlyerAll About Beer magazine, and Southwest Brewing News. The University of Arkansas graduate is a human resources director for a Fortune 100 company based in Northwest Arkansas. His gateway beer was Sierra Nevada Stout, and he learned to brew by way of the Methodist Church.

Sorensen enjoys traveling to beer destinations across the United States with his wife, Megan. Copies of Arkansas Beer will be available for sale and signing at this open-house style event.

For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229