Hophead Harry Goes to the Brewery is a colorful story about a little hop’s journey through the brewing process. The title character introduces himself and explains how beer is made—from the field to the glass. To better tell the tale, Harry visits a number of friends who accompany him on his journey to the brewery. Throughout the story, each character describes his or her role in the beer-making process. First, we run into Bobby Barley who shows us how the process begins with grain. Next, Mary Malts arrives on the scene to discuss how she transforms the barley into malt. Once these three have their hops and malt packed up, they head to the brewery where they meet Brewmaster Brooks and Wendy Water. Combining all their resources, along with some brewer’s yeast, these five characters brew a craft beer together. After the beer is fermented in tanks, they transfer the beer into kegs before delivering them to the local pub.
Although the story is set up as a children’s book filled with quirky characters and vivid illustrations, it’s as much meant for parents as it is for their children (actually, more so). It’s entertaining and educational regardless of age, but it’s a story predominantly meant for craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy.