Vintage Beer: Discover Specialty Beers That Improve with Age


"The new frontier for the beer lover is aging beer, and we finally have a guide."

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Vintage Beer: A Taster's Guide to Brews That Improve over Time

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"The new frontier for the beer lover is aging beer, and we finally have a guide."

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Editorial Reviews

Cool Material
"Vintage Beer teaches you everything you need to know about aged beers." —Cool
From the Publisher

"Vintage Beer teaches you everything you need to know about aged beers." —Cool

All About Beer Magazine

"This is the manual for serious beer lovers who want to take their beer to the next level."
BeerAdvocate Magazine

"Dawson's guide to vintage brews will have you making room in your crawlspace."
Brew Your Own magazine

"Dawson makes aging beer easy, using a variety of brews like ales, barleywines, and stouts as examples."
Library Journal
Many wines improve with age. As beer expert and author Dawson explains in this clearly written volume, some beers also change favorably or improve over time. He opens with his first experience, a magnum of vintage Duvel, and closes with a select guide to bars offering such tipples. In between, he highlights particular types and brands of beers, comparing in rich detail aged ones to young, fresh examples. Readers will find descriptions of the resulting flavors of fig, toffee, or port alluring enough to follow his steps for cellaring beer themselves. What distinguishes Dawson's writing is the seamless way in which he blends the science of aging beer with language that most readers can grasp. This work will be both useful and enjoyable for beer drinkers, but those who are more familiar with vintage wine will also relate to much of the content here. VERDICT An appealing read for more than just a niche audience of vintage beer enthusiasts. Highly recommended for collections with a focus on alcoholic beverages.—Peter Hepburn, Coll. of the Canyons Lib., Santa Clarita, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612121567
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 229,714
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Dawson is an award-winning beer writer, an avid homebrewer, a BJCP beer judge, and a general lover of all things beer. His recently released book, Vintage Beer, guides readers through identifying beer styles that will improve when cellared and demystifies what is happening inside the bottle. Dawson is the resident beer columnist for the North Denver Tribune and has written for DRAFT Magazine, Zymurgy, All About Beer Magazine, Craft Beer & Brewing, and multiple other publications. You can regularly find him on the radio, as well as touring around the country, lecturing about craft beer.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: The World of Vintage Beer

Chapter 1: The Aging Beer

Vintage Beer Rules

Chapter 2: Determining Vintage Potential

Malt - Hops - Yeast Esters and Phenols - Alcohol - Wood - Oxidation - Microbiota

Chapter 3: The Best Beer Styles for Your Cellar

English Barley Wines - American Barley Wines - Imperial Stouts - Belgian Quads - Flanders Red and Brown Ales - Gueuzes

Chapter 4: Tasting Classic Cellar Beers

Chapter 5: Dark and Cool: Selecting Your Cellar

Temperature - Light Exposure - Humidity - Cellar Configurations

Chapter 6: How to Manage Your Cellar

Paper Journal - Spreadsheet - Cellar Apps

Appendix: Outstanding Vintage-Beer Bars

Toronado - Bull & Bush Brewery - Falling Rock Taphouse - Ebenzer's Restaurant & Pub - Cafe Kulminator - Brick Store Pub - Brouwer's Cafe - Akkurat Restaurant & Bar - Monk's Cafe - Delilah's




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