The Botany of Beer: An Illustrated Guide to More Than 500 Plants Used in Brewing

The Botany of Beer: An Illustrated Guide to More Than 500 Plants Used in Brewing

The Botany of Beer: An Illustrated Guide to More Than 500 Plants Used in Brewing

The Botany of Beer: An Illustrated Guide to More Than 500 Plants Used in Brewing


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From mass-produced lagers to craft-brewery IPAs, from beers made in Trappist monasteries according to traditional techniques to those created by innovative local brewers seeking to capture regional terroir, the world of beer boasts endless varieties. The diversity of beer does not only reflect the differences among the people and cultures who brew this beverage. It also testifies to the vast range of plants that help give different styles of beer their distinguishing flavor profiles.

This book is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated compendium of the characteristics and properties of the plants used in making beer around the world. The botanical expert Giuseppe Caruso presents scientifically rigorous descriptions, accompanied by his own hand-drawn ink images, of more than 500 species. For each one, he gives the scientific classification, common names, and information about morphology, geographical distribution and habitat, and cultivation range. Caruso provides detailed information about each plant’s applications in beer making, including which of its parts are employed, as well as its chemical composition, its potential toxicity, and examples of beers and styles in which it is typically used. The book also considers historical uses, aiding brewers who seek to rediscover ancient and early modern concoctions.

This book will appeal to a wide audience, from beer aficionados to botany enthusiasts, providing valuable information for homebrewers and professional beer makers alike. It reveals how botanical knowledge can open new possibilities for today’s and tomorrow’s brewers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231201582
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/06/2022
Series: Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 295,238
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Giuseppe Caruso teaches forest botany at the Mediterranean University in Reggio Calabria and biology and agricultural biotechnology at the Istituto Tecnico Agrario “V. Emanuele II” in Catanzaro, Italy. He holds a doctorate in environmental and applied botany and researches the flora and vegetation of southern Italy, as well as habitat recovery and restoration processes. He is also a beer expert and taster.

Marika Josephson is the James Beard Award–nominated co-owner and brewer at the Scratch Brewing Company in Ava, Illinois. She is a coauthor of The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer from Scratch (2016).

Table of Contents

An Infinite World, by Teo Musso, Le Baladin
In Praise of G-locality, by Andrea Pieroni and Michele F. Fontefrancesco
About the Plants and Beer Making
A Botanical Beer-Making Compendium
The Botanical Beer-Making Profile
Botanical Beer-Making Profiles
Other Beer-Making Plant Species
Index of Common Names

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