The Beer Bibleby Jeff Alworth
Winner of a 2016 IACP Award The ultimate reader- and drinker-friendly guide to the world’s ales and beers, and the book that approaches the subject in the same way beer lovers do—by style, just like a welcoming pub menu. Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and sour and wild ales—The Beer/b>
Winner of a 2016 IACP Award The ultimate reader- and drinker-friendly guide to the world’s ales and beers, and the book that approaches the subject in the same way beer lovers do—by style, just like a welcoming pub menu. Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and sour and wild ales—The Beer Bible covers everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of types of beers made, from bitters, sessions, and IPAs to weisses, wits, lambics, and more. Each style is a chapter unto itself, delving into origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, sub-styles, and tasting notes, and ending with a recommended list of the beers to know in each category. Infographic charts throughout make understanding the connection between styles and families immediately understandable. The book is written for passionate beginners, who will love its “if you like X, try Y” feature; for intermediate beer lovers eager to go deeper; and for true geeks, who will find new information on every page.
Alworth (Beer Tasting Quick Reference Guide; beervana.blogspot.com) sets out to create a comprehensive guide similar to Karen MacNeil's The Wine Bible. Both books are meant to be read in pieces and are intended for anyone from novice to connoisseur. While MacNeil focused on looking at wine through place of origin, Alworth prefers to explore the world of beer through brewing styles. Of course, when talking about beer, some places are considered traditional brewing regions, and drinks from breweries in Germany and the UK are well represented, as are many American craft breweries. The author also discusses less famous brewing regions, such as the Czech Republic and Belgium and even devotes space to brewing traditions in Asia and Africa. Additionally, Alworth goes beyond brewing style, writing about such topics as drinking glass shapes, beer labels, and the simple pleasures of a well-made beverage. VERDICT Beer enthusiasts will welcome this guide that feels like one is spending time with a well-versed drinking pal.—Ginny Wolter, Toledo-Lucas Cty. P.L.
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Meet the Author
Jeff Alworth has been writing about beer and brewing for twenty years. He is the author of The Beer Bible (Workman, 2015), Cider Made Simple (Chronicle, 2015), and The Beer Tasting Toolkit (Chronicle, 2012). He is a columnist for All About Beer and has written for a number of magazines and newspapers, and he blogs about beer at his popular site, Beervana. He lives and brews in Portland, Oregon.
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