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The Geography of Beer

Regions, Environment, and Societies

  • Mark Patterson
  • Nancy Hoalst-Pullen
  • Providing the reader a new resource on the geographies of beer

  • Complements the reader's library about alcoholic beverages

  • Provides readers a visual aid to the spatial underpinnings of beer's economic, historical, cultural, physical and environmental geographies at local to global scales

  • Satisfies beer drinkers' and enthusiasts' need for an authoritative overview on aspects related to the origin, history and flourishing of beer culture


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Mark W. Patterson, Nancy Hoalst-Pullen
    Pages 1-5
  3. Regions

  4. Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Jay D. Gatrell, David J. Nemeth, Charles D. Yeager
      Pages 89-98
    3. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Mark W. Patterson, Rebecca Anna Mattord, Michael D. Vest
      Pages 109-116
  5. Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Jake E. Haugland
      Pages 119-129
    3. Ralph B. McLaughlin, Neil Reid, Michael S. Moore
      Pages 131-154
    4. Steven M. Schnell, Joseph F. Reese
      Pages 167-187

About this book


From its roots in early civilizations to its modern role in globalization, the role of beer through time and space have influenced the culture, economics, and environments of what society has grown, produced, and consumed.
This edited collection examines the various influences, relationships, and developments beer has had from distinctly spatial perspectives.
The chapters explore the functions of beer and brewing from unique and sometimes overlapping historical, economic, cultural, environmental and physical viewpoints.
Topics from authors – both geographers and non-geographers alike – have examined the influence of beer throughout history, the migration of beer on local to global scales, the dichotomous nature of global production and craft brewing, the neolocalism of craft beers, and the influence local geography has had on beer’s most essential ingredients: water, starch (malt), hops, and yeast.
At the core of each chapter remains the integration of spatial perspectives to effectively map the identity, changes, challenges, patterns and locales of the geographies of beer.


Beer Brewing Geography Mapping Neolocalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Patterson
    • 1
  • Nancy Hoalst-Pullen
    • 2
  1. 1.Geography and AnthropologyKennesaw State UniversityKennesawUSA
  2. 2.Geography and AnthropologyKennesaw State UniversityKennesawUSA

About the editors

Mark Patterson is a Professor of Geography and coordinator of the Environmental Analysis and Sustainability program at Kennesaw State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona. Mark has (co)authored publications on geospatial technology applications for environmental management. Mark’s favorite beer style is a chocolate stout.

Nancy Hoalst Pullen is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Geographic Information Science Director at Kennesaw State University. She obtained a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Geography, and has co-edited (with Mark W. Patterson) a volume entitled Geotechnologies in Environmental Management (2010). Nancy has authored and co-authored several publications on such topics as [sub]urban forest dynamics, environmental perceptions of Latin Americans, and forestry management (Chile).  Nancy’s favorite beer is a Bavarian style hefe weissbier, served at room temperature.

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