Beer Terroir - Place, Beer, and Taste in the Rocky Mountain Region - Braden Neihart

Braden Neihart [+-]
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Braden Neihart received his M.A. in history from Colorado State University in 2019. His thesis, "Frontier Beer: A Spatial Analysis of Denver Breweries, 1859-1876," examined how Denver breweries acquired resources and situated themselves in local and national networks in order to compete. He is interested in how beer helps understand racial, cultural, economic, and environmental patterns. His research focuses on beer in Pre-Prohibition Rocky Mountain West.


Here, we will introduce the Rocky Mountain region and its geography. The landscapes are crucial to understanding terroir, and so ample coverage of the physical makeup and boundaries of this region are crucial. I will also discuss the concept of terroir and how its application to wine can be useful to understanding beer, and by extension a study of the confluence of historical, geographical, environmental, and cultural factors in the Rocky Mountains.

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Neihart, Braden. Introduction. Beer Terroir - Place, Beer, and Taste in the Rocky Mountain Region. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2025. ISBN 9781000000000. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42799. Oct 2025

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