Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Lager Queen of Minnesota
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest Edith Magnusson's rhubarb pies are famous in the Twin Cities--they were named the third-best in the state of Minnesota and St. Anthony-Waterside Nursing Home has quickly becomes the hottest dinner ticket in town. Still, she lays awake wondering how her life might have been different if her father hadn't left their family farm to her sister Helen, a decision that split their family in two. With the proceeds from the farm, her sister, Helen Blotz, built her husband Orval's family soda business into the top selling brewery in Minnesota. She singlehandedly created the light beer revolution and made their corporate motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots, it's Blotz." But Helen dismisses IPAs as a fad, and the Blotz fortune begins its inevitable decline. Soon, though, she finds a potential savior that's surprisingly close to home. . . Diana Winter earns a shot at learning the beer business from the ground up just as the IPA revolution begins. The stakes couldn't be higher: just as she's launching her own brewpub, she's due to deliver a baby girl. When the unthinkable happens, it's up to Grandma Edith--and a delightfully surprising cadre of grandmother friends--to secure the next generation's chances for a better future. Can Grandma Edith's Rhubarb Pie In A Bottle Ale save Diana's fledgling brewery, and change their hearts and fortunes forever?The Lager Queen of Minnesota serves up a cast of lovable, quintessentially Midwestern characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting, humorous, emotional family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
lowellette
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image
Pickpick

Two sisters‘ lives pivot around beer. These are characters that will stay with you for life.

LoverOfLearning I've heard this is a great book! 3w
lowellette It is! I recommend the audiobook too! 3w
9 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
LMJenkins
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image
Pickpick

Oh, I absolutely loved this. Can‘t write more now, I‘m still weeping. 🤎🤎🤎 #TBRReads #WinterGames #TeamNutcracker

LMJenkins @bookworm54 Don't know if you got the points for this yesterday? 2mo
Bookworm54 No I missed it 😭got it now though! 16 points for yesterday :) 2mo
29 likes3 stack adds2 comments
review
Foxtails915
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image
Pickpick

This book caught me off guard with how much I loved it! Reminded me of Fried Green Tomatoes as far as family relationships and setting. Really charming and filled with a variety of strong, smart, female characters.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hello & Welcome 👻📚👻 3mo
Readswithcoffee I have this on hold at my library. Welcome to Litsy! ☕️📚📚📚☕️ 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 📚🤗 3mo
8 likes2 stack adds4 comments
blurb
Sharpeipup
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image

Seemed wrong not to drink when reading this story.
#beernbooks

25 likes1 stack add
review
ImperfectCJ
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image
Pickpick

A story of betrayal born of sibling rivalry and what happens after. I am an erstwhile beer snob and sometimes want to brew beer, but I no longer drink alcohol or consume gluten. Is a beer without alcohol or gluten even beer? (Sounds like a koan.) I was somewhat disappointed that the author is a man and all of the voices in the novel are women---male authors have been speaking for women for centuries--- but Stradal does a decent job of it.

Jenken1998 Getting to this today. 4mo
ImperfectCJ @Jenken1998 I'll have to watch for your review. After sleeping on it, a couple of little things have begun to annoy me about the book, but overall I still enjoyed it. 4mo
22 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
DogEaredBooks
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image

I went to an author event for the tagged book. It was a lot of fun and just as interesting and nice as he was when I saw him on tour for the last book. If you have a chance to see him please do! I got my book signed and he signed his previous book for my sister.

readingjedi This sounds right up my street! Stacked! 🍺🍺🍺 5mo
DogEaredBooks @readingjedi it was really good (and his first one is good too!). 5mo
DrexEdit Loved Kitchens! Looking forward to this one too! 😊 👍 5mo
42 likes3 stack adds3 comments
blurb
DogEaredBooks
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image

I really liked this book. It took a bit longer to get into than his first one (kitchens of the Great Midwest) but it had that same warm expansive tone that I enjoyed.

The ending was a bit unexpected and I love how it‘s written non-chronologically with different characters perspective.

36 likes1 stack add
review
GerardtheBookworm
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image
Pickpick

A fun, sweet book about family and forgiveness. Two sisters each inherit the family farm after the death of their father with one getting the bulk of the estate. While one is ambitious and business savvy, the other chooses a low key lifestyle leading to a rift that remains for decades. As the more successful sibling gets into the brewery business, the other struggles with a baking hobby. It will take a close relative to mend fences.

review
Pandalibrarian
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image
Pickpick

Finished this book the other night and loved it. How could you. It love a book with this title? I want to be as active Edith when I‘m in my 80‘s. Family and friendship form the foundation of this novel and what happens when the relationship is tested. While I‘m not a big fan of beer, I appreciated how the women were the brewers in this book and had such passion for it. I hope the book tour includes beer tastings!

blurb
sarahrkrammen
Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
post image

Honestly, why would you do laundry or clean the living room when you could read a good book with some coffee instead? 📖☕

RaimeyGallant Agreed. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
11 likes2 stack adds1 comment