The complete beer course From novice to expert in twelve tasting classes

Joshua M. Bernstein

Book - 2023

"A completely revised, updated, and repackaged second edition of the 2013 bestselling beer guide. First published in 2013, The Complete Beer Course has helped thousands of beer enthusiasts navigate the vast and often confusing world of beer. Bernstein is back to serve up a second round of insights. He introduces readers to must-know breweries, craft beers, and the industry's rising stars. Each chapter is devoted to a specific beer style and teaches readers how to taste and evaluate a wide selection, especially new beers gaining popularity such as sours and nonalcoholic varieties. Additionally, readers will find up-to-date information on the pandemic's effects on the beer world, expanded coverage of international beers, and th...e author's top picks for any beer-drinking occasion. If your knowledge of IPAs is a little hazy, then this guide is for you."--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 641.23/Bernstein (NEW SHELF) Due Jul 7, 2024
New York : Union Square & Co [2023]
Main Author
Joshua M. Bernstein (author)
[Second edition]
Item Description
"Revised & expanded"--cover.
Includes index.
Physical Description
xi, 340 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: Seeing Beyond the Light (Beer)
  • Class 1. The Beer Essentials: Understanding and Appreciating the World's Greatest Beverage
  • Class 2. Take It from the Bottom: Lagers, Pilsners, and More Pleasures of Cold Fermentation
  • Brewery Spotlight: Jack's Abby
  • Class 3. Cut Through the Haze: Witbiers, Hefeweizens, and Other Cloudy Wheat Beers
  • Brewery Spotlight: Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Class 4. The Lighter Side of Drinking: Pale Ales
  • Brewery Spotlight: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Class 5. The Bitter and Not-So-Bitter Truth: IPAs
  • Brewery Spotlight: Alvarado Street Brewery
  • Class 6. Toasting to a Higher Power: Trappist and Abbey-Style Ales
  • Brewery Spotlight: Allagash Brewing Company
  • Class 7. Turn on the Dark: Stouts, Porters, and Additional Inky Delights
  • Brewery Spotlight: WeldWerks Brewing Company
  • Class 8. Cure for the Cold: Barley Wines and Other Winter Warmers
  • Brewery Spotlight: Revolution Brewing
  • Class 9. Over a Barrel: Aging Beer in Wood
  • Producer Spotlight: Feeder Crafters of America
  • Class 10. Tart of the Matter: Sour and Wild Ales
  • Brewery Spotlight: Hermit Thrush Brewery
  • Class 11. Around the World in 80 Pints: International Beer Styles
  • Class 12. Bring It on Home: Cellaring Beer and Pairing Beer with Food
  • Acknowledgments
  • Top Five Beers Consumed While Updating The Complete Beer Course
  • Glossary
  • Photo Credits
  • Index
Review by Library Journal Review

Bernstein (Drink Better Beer) has revised and expanded his much-acclaimed earlier edition of this popular book. In 12 chapters, called "classes," readers will learn all about beer essentials, including the different grains used for each type of beer. Additional classes include learning about pilsners, lagers, wheat beers, ales, Trappist-style ales, barley wines, and other assorted types of beers. Along the way there are sections addressing cold-fermentation, aging beer in wood, and other details necessary to becoming a beer connoisseur. Each class includes a spotlight focusing on a specific brewery and their specialties. Added features: specific glasses used for beer; learning how to describe different beer attributes; the temperatures, tastes, and appearances of specific types of beer; and suggestions for beer tastings. This remains an incredibly well-researched volume that's fun to read. The wealth of information, including helpful illustrations, will take anyone from a novice to expert in short order. VERDICT A most welcome revised edition. Best for anyone who enjoys consuming beer or brewing their own.--Jacqueline Parascandola

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