Boutique Beer: 500 Quality Craft Beers

Boutique Beer: 500 Quality Craft Beers

by Ben McFarland
     
 


Gone are the days when a cold beer was the drink reserved for ballparks and frat parties. Today, microbreweries around the globe are proving that beer is every bit as complex and sophisticated as wine. Their creations range from delicate champagne beers to extreme strength concoctions that are more akin to whisky and port. With names as varied as their flavors --…  See more details below

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Gone are the days when a cold beer was the drink reserved for ballparks and frat parties. Today, microbreweries around the globe are proving that beer is every bit as complex and sophisticated as wine. Their creations range from delicate champagne beers to extreme strength concoctions that are more akin to whisky and port. With names as varied as their flavors -- try Death & Taxes, Knuckle Sandwich or Golden Monkey on for size--these elusive libations are changing the way the world views the humble brewski.

In Boutique Beer, bestselling author and renowned beer connoisseur Ben McFarland scours the globe to showcase 500 of the world's most exciting premium ales. From American craft brewers and ale-making European nations to the fresh new crop of brewers across Japan, Scandinavia and Australia, McFarland puts his extensive knowledge to work to offer the reader--

  • An in-depth look at the ingredients and brewing process for each beer as well as an assessment of appearance, aroma, flavor and finish
  • Advice on storage and ageing, ideal drinking temperature, and correct glassware
  • Tips for selecting which beers to pair with different foods
  • Listings of key breweries and places to visit for the best craft beer experience
  • A detailed exploration of the various types of ales including barrel aged, barley wines, pilsners, lagers, and more

    Discerning beer drinkers of all levels will find Boutique Beer to be an essential guide to the world's most distinctive ales as well as the people, personalities and the inspiration behind them.

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  • Editorial Reviews

    From the Publisher

    "A glass in one hand and a pen in the other, Ben's writing deftly captures the passion, humor, and insight from the front line of the global craft brewing revolution." Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, Mikkeller
    Library Journal
    11/15/2013
    There is a vast world of beers beyond the large national brands. Acclaimed British writer McFarland (World's Best Beers: 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague) highlights 500 craft brews from around the globe, capturing each in a paragraph in which his delight with the particular beverage is apparent. The book is organized loosely by type of beer and then by geography. Across the chapters, there's sure to be a beer to please nearly everyone. Evocative descriptions aside, the names themselves often captivate: XXYZ Bitter (France), Beelzebub's Jewels (Australia), and Death and Taxes (United States), among others. Many of the beers are not readily available, but McFarland provides URLs for breweries when possible. His writing occasionally veers into an English lad affectation, but he demonstrates genuine respect for the brewers as well as for the range of preferences among his readers. Sidebars, brewery profiles, and other additional information enhance the value of the guide. The lavish use of color photographs is greatly appealing. VERDICT A lively, colorful volume that beer enthusiasts are certain to devour. Highly recommended for public library collections.—Peter Hepburn, Coll. of the Canyons Lib., Santa Clarita, CA

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764165740
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    10/01/2013
    Pages:
    224
    Sales rank:
    1,111,431
    Product dimensions:
    8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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    Award-winning author Ben McFarland is one of the UK's leading journalists and was named the youngest ever British Beer Writer of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

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