Factory Girl

Throughout SW Virginia and much of the South, the landscape is littered with the shells of former factories and ghost towns that once thrived when furniture manufacturing was king. As jobs increasingly moved overseas, America saw a way of life disappearing.

image001In her book FACTORY MAN,  Roanoke, Virginia journalist & New York Times best-selling author Beth Macy explores the widespread ramifications of globalization through the colorful story of business badass John Bassett III. His fight to keep Vaughan-Bassett Furniture going – and made by American hands – is a testament to the tenacity, cunning and resilience of the American spirit.




Our favorite hometown author is at it again… Little, Brown and Company has published her second book, TRUEVINE. It’s a story about race, greed, and the circus, and she’s been chasing it for more than 25 years.  It has been short-listed for a Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, and long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence, a project of the American Library Association.

Beth Macy won the
J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award,
a joint project of Columbia and Harvard Universities, for



factorygirlBrewed in celebration of Beth Macy’s first book, “FACTORY MAN,” and as a nod to American workers everywhere, we are proud to present FACTORY GIRL Session IPA. This deliciously complex Session IPA is lighter in alcohol, but not in flavor – a tropical sweetness with a hoppy finish – its all-day drinkability will leave you wanting more! Perfect for Summer days by the water with a good book!


Look for more in our BOOKS & BREWS Series!

Next up: the revival of THE REMEDY Brown Ale, honoring the upcoming book by SW Virginia’s Martin Clark, “THE JEZEBEL REMEDY.”