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Monday, April 20, 2015

* DRINK BOOK OF THE MONTH! : A Beer for All Seasons (Storey Publishing)

BEER FOR ALL SEASONS (Storey Publishing, 2015, 200 pages, ISBN 978-1-61212-347-9, $14.95 US paper covers) is by Randy Mosher, author of many books and articles about beer. His latest was "Tasting Beer" (Storey Publishing – 120,000 copies printed) which emphasized the techniques of beer tasting. Here he moves on to celebrate the beers that we use to, well, celebrate our occasions in life. It's arranged by season, with guides to beer events such as Oktoberfest, craft beer weeks, and summer festivals. In detail he describes why certain beers are best at certain times of the year (based on agriculture and history). He's also got holiday celebrations and food pairings, as well as more tasting notes and beer style notes. He concludes with "around the world in 80 beers". So – beginning with Spring he delves into bock beers. And spring is also about lamb, so he's got the beer pairings for lamb, followed by Easter and Mother's Day. Summer is cold lager (and wheat beers) and national holidays (and Father's Day: get a mixed pack of beers). While the thrust of the book is American, comparable holidays do exist in Canada. All that is lacking for Canadian content are actual dates or titles of local beer festivals, although the national ones in Montreal and Vancouver are covered. The book is heavily illustrated with labels and adverts and pix of beer glasses in all their colours of brown and yellow. No actual food or beer recipes. Quality/Price Rating: 91.

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