This is an exact replica of the original published in 1984. It has been produced by The Public Press as a companion piece to the new edition that will be published in 2012. The Great Beer Trek chronicles a beer lover's quest to learn the "secret of the suds" in 1978, when Americans still thought of beer as a bland, fizzy, yellow beverage favored by blue collar slobs in their wife-beater undershirts. Author Morris, a Yale grad, saw beer and the beer drinker as more enlightened. In some circles the publication of this book is seen as one of the sparks that kindled what became a beer revolution. Now, with more than 1500 breweries (then, there were fewer than 50) and limitless varieties of brews to choose from, America has gone from a vast beer wasteland to one of sudsy meccas of the planet.