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

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

by Patrick Dawson


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2014 Gold Medal Winner from the North American Guild of Beer Writers for Best Beer Book
Like good wine, certain beers can be aged under the right conditions to enhance and change their flavors in interesting and delicious ways. Good candidates for cellaring are either strong, sour, or smoked beers, such as barleywines, rauchbiers, and lambics. Patrick Dawson gives a list of easy-to-follow rules that lay the groundwork for identifying these cellar-worthy beers and then delves into the mysteries behind how and why they age as they do. Beer styles known for aging well are discussed and detailed profiles of commonly available beers that fall into these categories are included. There is also a short travel guide for bars and restaurants that specialize in vintage beer gives readers a way to taste what this new craft beer frontier is all about.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612121567
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,307,091
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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. He is the author of The Beer Geek Handbook and Vintage Beer, and has written for DRAFT Magazine, Zymurgy, All About Beer Magazine, Craft Beer & Brewing, and multiple other publications.

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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