Plano Reads: The Lager Queen of Minnesota

The Brown Bag Book Club will meet at noon on Thursday July 22, 2021. To join our virtual discussion please register here.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

Helen Magnusson loved beer from her first sip. She became obsessed, determined to create a brewing business second to none. However, Helen’s success comes at the expense of her sister Edith. Edith is cheated out of her inheritance, half the family farm, when Helen talks her father into cutting out Edith and giving her all of the farm. Thus, giving Helen the means to start a brewery, but leaving the sisters estranged. Edith, meanwhile, is barely making ends meet while raising her granddaughter Diana. However, Diana has just taken on a new job in a brewery of all places, setting events into motion that will open old wounds and cause people to cross paths. This witty book, with sharp dialogue, along with a cast of endearing and enjoyable characters, is great for a summer day and goes particularly well with a cold beer.

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“This is not a story of drinkers and drinking, but is rather a testament to the setbacks and achievements that come with following one’s passion. This story about how a family business succeeds with generations of strong and determined women at the helm makes for a sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always winning novel.” Publisher’s Weekly, 2019

“Stradal’s follow up to Kitchens of the Great Midwest wins you over with its good-heartedness, despite its flirtation with cloying folksiness at times. For regional collections and where beer is popular.” Library Journal, 2019


The Brown Bag Book Club will meet at noon on Thursday July 22, 2021. To join our virtual discussion please register here.

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