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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: The Beer Book (DK Books)

THE BEER BOOK (DK, 2008, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0-7566-3982-2, $25 US
hard covers) has been pulled together by Editor-in-Chief Tim Hampson.
There are 14 contributors (with bios), but no signed reviews or
entries. Most of the beers are bottled, but there are some from
microbrew pubs. There is a pix of a beer bottle or can or pump for all
the major beers covered. The directory-type data includes names and
addresses, websites, and a mini-capsule history. There are also maps
which include the US, Germany, UK, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.
There are more maps of "Beer Trails" in Oregon, Bamberg, Cotswold's,
Brussels, and Prague. There are features on the biggies Anheuser-Busch,
Brooklyn, Guinness, Hoegaarden, Pilsner Urquell, and others. And essays
on tasting, malts, German beer, lager, hops, glasses, wild beer yeasts,
and beer-food matching. There is a glossary and index to beers, as well
as space for your own tasting notes.
Audience and level of use: beer drinkers who like to read.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: Canada gets six pages for
Amsterdam, Creemore, Granville Island, Pumphouse, McAuslan, etc. 27
labels in all are covered for Canada, with 2 to 4 beers apiece.
The downside to this book: needed more on Canada - also why was there
Labatt and Molson coverage?
The upside to this book: great package.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.


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