Books for Beer Drinkers

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If you’re a self-proclaimed beer lover, here are some books to check out from the library to learn more about your favorite beverage:

Beeronomics: How Beer Explains the World by Johan Swinnen & Devin Briski – Examines key developments that have moved the brewing industry forward and explains how strategic taxation and the regulation of beer has played a pivotal role throughout history.

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros by Julia Herz & Gwen Conley – A guide to pairing specific foods with different styles of beer shows the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor, while offering tips on planning beer dinners and cooking with beer.

Brew Your Business: The Ultimate Craft Beer Playbook edited by Karen McGrath, et al. – From 90-minute IPAs to grapefruit sculpins, craft beer and local brewers are making a big splash in the beer scene. With this book, serious craft brewers can learn how to take their best brews to market and newbies can learn the art of craft brewing.

Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer by Joshua M. Bernstein – Showcases the best of each category (from easy-drinking session ales to bitter beers gone wild), profiles the brewers who innovated the sub-styles, and highlights the emerging styles made by today’s most exceptional breweries.

Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer by Randy Mosher – Illustrated with charts and diagrams, introduces steps and techniques for homebrewing beer, covering all elements of the process from selecting ingredients and creating custom flavors to bottling, tasting, and serving.

The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick – Presents the five thousand-year history of beer, from Babylonian temple workers and Nordic shamans to Belgian monks and American patriots, and the author discusses his own attempts to replicate some ancient brews.

The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth – Covers everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of types of beers made, from bitters, sessions, and IPAs to weisses, wits, lambics, and more, and gives beer suggestions based on taste preferences.

Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks by Joshua M. Bernstein – Twelve easy-to-follow lessons explain how to taste, smell, and evaluate beer like an expert, explaining what separates pale ales from IPAs and stouts from brews, and offers tasting suggestions for each type of beer.

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