The beer bible

Jeff Alworth

Book - 2015

"A "beer lover's guide, including more than 100 types to know, arranged style by style"--Jacket.

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Published
New York : Workman Publishing [2015]
Language
English
Physical Description
xi, 644 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 614-618) and index.
ISBN
9780761168119
0761168117
9780761184980
0761184988
9780606365642
0606365648
Main Author
Jeff Alworth (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Alworth has crafted a thorough work on all things beer. The introduction provides a detailed history of beer, along with descriptions on how beer is made and how to taste like a pro. Four chapters focus on broad types of beers (ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales) and are further divided into sections describing the myriad styles of each type. Alworth offers suggestions of "beers to know" for each style (though the recommendations strongly lean toward breweries of the Pacific Northwest and Central Europe). Numerous sidebars and a few short profiles of breweries provide interesting tidbits and quotes. The book also offers a guide to various beer glassware, a hops variety chart, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

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. [Page 118]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Shares extensive information about beer, including the different ways it's made, the different styles of beer, and beer suggestions based on taste preferences.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

'the only book you need to understand the world's most popular beverage. I swear on a stack of these, it's a thumping good read.'''John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine and author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook   Imagine sitting in your favorite pub with a friend who happens to be a world-class expert on beer. That's this book.   It covers the history: how we got from gruel-beer to black IPA in 10,000 years. The alchemy: malts, grains, and the miracle of hops. The variety: dozens of styles and hundreds of recommended brews (including suggestions based on your taste preferences), divided into four sections''Ales, Wheat Beers, Lagers, and Tart and Wild Ales''and all described in mouthwatering detail. The curiosity: how to read a Belgian label; the talk of two Budweisers; porter, the first superstyle; and what, exactly, a lager is. The pleasure. Because you don't merely taste beer, you experience it.Winner of a 2016 IACP Award 'Covers a lot of ground, from beer styles and brewing methods to drinking culture past and present. There's something for beer novices and beer geeks alike.'''Ken Grossman, founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   'Erudite, encyclopedic, and enormously entertaining aren't words you normally associate with beer, but The Beer Bible is no ordinary beer book. As scinitillating, diverse, and refreshing as man's oldest alcoholic beverage itself.'''steve Raichlen, author of Project Smoke and How to Grill

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“The only book you need to understand the world’s most popular beverage. I swear on a stack of these, it’s a thumping good read.”––John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine and author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook   Imagine sitting in your favorite pub with a friend who happens to be a world-class expert on beer. That’s this book.   It covers the history: how we got from gruel-beer to black IPA in 10,000 years. The alchemy: malts, grains, and the miracle of hops. The variety: dozens of styles and hundreds of recommended brews (including suggestions based on your taste preferences), divided into four sections––Ales, Wheat Beers, Lagers, and Tart and Wild Ales––and all described in mouthwatering detail. The curiosity: how to read a Belgian label; the talk of two Budweisers; porter, the first superstyle; and what, exactly, a lager is. The pleasure. Because you don’t merely taste beer, you experience it.Winner of a 2016 IACP Award “Covers a lot of ground, from beer styles and brewing methods to drinking culture past and present. There’s something for beer novices and beer geeks alike.”––Ken Grossman, founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   “Erudite, encyclopedic, and enormously entertaining aren’t words you normally associate with beer, but The Beer Bible is no ordinary beer book. As scinitillating, diverse, and refreshing as man’s oldest alcoholic beverage itself.”––Steve Raichlen, author of Project Smoke and How to Grill