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Thursday, August 8, 2013


1. CRAFT BEER WORLD; a guide to over 350 of the finest beers known to
man (Dog 'n' Bone/Cico/Ryland Peters & Small, 2013, 208 pages, ISBN
978-0-957140-99-8, $24.95 US hard covers) is by Mark Dredge, a beer
writer ( since 2008) and beer worker (Camden Town
Brewery in London UK). It is arranged by over 50 beer styles (pilsner,
bock, IPA, alt, wit, Belgian, fruit, etc.) with a beginning primer,
glossary, and food service. The range, from the first page to the last,
is usually by heaviness. Pilsner is up first, last is stout and porter.
Concluding chapters deal with the esoterics such as barrel-aged beers,
extreme beer, and blockbuster beers. This is a good arrangement, for it
gets away from a geographic contents listing. The index covers all the
countries, so that is an alternative point of entry. Canada has about
eight different styles represented here. It is all illustrated by
labels or bottle shots, and there are plenty of tidbits along the way.
Each entry has a name, location, ABV, a hopping statement, and some
extensive tasting notes. It is fascinating to plow through the Belgian
chapters and view the dubbel, tripel and quadrupel beers. In a chapter
covering special ingredients, there is Brasseurs San Gluten from
Montreal, making four beers from millet, buckwheat, corn and quinoa. At
the end, there is a list of resources, both books and websites, for
further information.
Audience and level of use: beer junkies
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: pairing beer and food is a
matter of balance, such as having a chocolatey-milky brew with chili
heat. Or boosting flavours. Or with local foods. It takes skill, more
than with wine.
The downside to this book: I'd like more beers covered, maybe 600?
The upside to this book: good descriptions make this book a great
Quality/Price Rating: 90.

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