The Lager Queen of Minnesota

The Lager Queen of Minnesota Review

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

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?

Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.

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    The Lager Queen of Minnesota Reviews

  • Meredith

    4.5 stars Women Who EndureA heartfelt and inspiring family drama about three exceptionally strong midwestern women who are brought together by creating beer. Edith, married to Stanley for 40 years, ha...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE***4 1/2 rounded up to a 5 for originality and great characters.Living in Wisconsin, I just had to read this novel which is set in our neighboring state of Minnesota. I have never live...

  • JanB

    4.5 starsI’m a Midwesterner, and I know these women intimately. They are my grandmothers, my mother, and my aunts. Women who had their share of heartache and troubles but rose above their setbacks a...

  • Marialyce

    “When you see a man falling off a ladder above you, Edith believed, you don't envision your arms breaking. You just hold them out.” Traveling to the Midwest in the book The Lager Queen of Minneso...

  • Melki

    I'm not sure if this was just a case of the right book at the right time, but I absolutely loved this tale that followed two sisters over the decades. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me want...

  • Victoria

    A generational story with so much heart, a good deal of droll humor and a pleasure to read! That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of heartbreak and misfortune, but it’s the resilience and determi...

  • Betsy

    Everything a girl could ask forWhat’s that you say, beer? And pie? Well, J. Ryan Stradal, you certainly got my attention.When the individual stories of sisters Edith and Helen, along with Edith’s ...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I could read a hundred J. Ryan Stradal books about Midwestern women. I really enjoyed Stradal's debut, KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST. In his second novel he tells a tighter story, focusing on three wo...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    J. Ryan Stradal won my heart with the novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest by weaving together a story of family, tragedy, strength, and food.In his upcoming release The Lager Queen of Minnesota, reade...

  • Tess Malone

    J. Ryan Stradal has become one of the most empathetic writers of strong Midwestern women. Like if Willa Cather’s protagonists drank beer or Jane Smiley’s has a sense of humor, Stradal captures the...