I really shouldn't call this a book review when I have only read the introduction. Has anyone else seen this book by Sharon V. Salinger of UC Irvine? I found it at the Fort Stanwix gift shop in Rome, NY yesterday as we were driving back from Maine. From the first bit I have read, it appears to be a strong academic text with an interesting point of view - the antecedents for American patterns of drinking. So far I have learned that the Dutch in the 1600's were raging alcoholics in the eyes of contemporary commentators but we have to be mindful of the fact that the Dutch and English were then warring naval powers. That being said, it is note worthy that the slurs "double Dutch", "Dutch treat" and more pointedly "Dutch courage" remain in common English usage.
Anyway, I will follow up as I read and will certainly let you know where I see this book fitting in the oddly sparce and unsatisfying histories of the beer and the United States. Here is a 2003 review to further peak (or even pique) your interest.