The Lager Queen of Minnesota by by J. Ryan Stradal
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
"If you read Stradal's last book and loved it, you have a 100% chance of loving this one too. His characters—two long-estranged sisters, one smart, resourceful granddaughter, and the various people who come in and out of their lives—are loveable and well-drawn, and the peek into the beer industry is fascinating (and clearly well-researched). This is a completely delightful story about all that can happen when you find your life's work, and the power of family in helping you get there."
- Recommended by Erika
Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.
With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots. It's Blotz." Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it's not too late.
Meanwhile, Edith's granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up--will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?