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Friday, December 12, 2014

* DRINK BOOK OF THE MONTH! * -- Beer, from Race Point Publishing

BEER; the ultimate world tour (Race Point Publishing, 2014, 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-93799-441-9 $30 US hard covers) is by Bill Yenne, who has written about brewing history (e.g. Guinness: the 250-year quest for the perfect pint; Beers of North America; and several others). Here he runs through the planet on a country-by-country basis, beginning with Ireland, then the UK, Scandinavia, East Europe, Germany, Belgium, Middle East, Far East, Canada (12 pages), and US. He also gives us an overview of beer styles and beer glassware. Each country gets an overview of brewing heritage, culture and styles – well over 1000 brands in the book. Beer festivals are covered, as well as bottle shapes. The emphasis is on bottled beer, not draughts or cans.
Audience and level of use: beginners, arm-chair travelers, beer buyers
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: with the exception of the United States, the world's brewing industry uses hectoliters as a standard measurement.
The downside to this book: it could use a bit more depth but then the book would have been much bigger.
The upside to this book: it is a good survey of many minor countries.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.

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