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Books about US beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Bevitore, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Bevitore

    Bevitore Zealot (75) Maryland Feb 16, 2010

    An old beer drinker here, 74 yoa and still enjoying it.

    Long time ago, I bought Michael Jackson's World Guide to Beer. At the time, a comprehensive, interesting tour of beers of the world, country by country.

    Can anyone recommend a good book on beer focusing on brews and brewing in the U.S.?

    Many thanks and Happy New Year to all.

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  2. Lots of general "Beer books" that just amount to long lists of the author's choice of the "best beers in the world" and lots of pretty pictures of bottles and glasses of beer - those get pretty dull after awhile (and are often short on facts, heavy on opinion). Same with the many "basic" introductions to beer, that try to cover every aspect without delving too deep into any one thing.

    For something akin to Jackson's World Guide to Beer but concentrating on just US breweries there is Lew Bryson's (and others') " [State(s)] Breweries" series published by Stackpole Books -see Diners and Breweries.

    They're just trade paperbacks on pulp paper, no illustrations beside B&W logoes and maps, so they lack WGB's "coffee table book" style but they are full of information on the breweries and their beers. Amazon will have them all I guess, and used copies can be picked up real cheap at most used book sites like ABE.
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  3. Plenum

    Plenum Aficionado (240) New Jersey Apr 29, 2009

    I think most books that focus on only one area are outdated before they are in their first printing. There are so many new brews and even breweries that keeping something like that current and on point would require contributors from nearly every state. And with US distribution so unbalanced, once you find out about something, getting it may prove to be an entirely new challenge.

    I think going through the threads on a site like this or ratebeer.com will help you find what you're looking for. Just check things like the New Releases and the Regional threads. Checking the Ratings by Overall or by style will also help you find brews and breweries that you might not know about now.

    And if you want 400 solicited opinions, just put a thread on here asking what the best beer of a particular style is, and you'll get a ton of different opinions.
  4. TWStandley

    TWStandley Champion (785) Massachusetts Jan 15, 2008 Verified

    Try "Brewed Awakening"
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  5. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Advocate (720) Ohio Nov 11, 2011 Verified

    Just received "Brewed Awakening" for XMAS...so far, so good. Very informative for novice and professional craft beer consumers.
  6. I was told to check out Wild Brews by Sparrow and just ordered on Amazon!
  7. Bevitore

    Bevitore Zealot (75) Maryland Feb 16, 2010

    Thanks very much for all those suggestions, gents.

    Love the title "Brewed Awakening", and found it on Amazon, along with Wild Brews. Speaking of Wild Brews, I had the great good fortune to live in Belgium from 1979 to 1982.

    A beer drinker's paradise. Not to mention the cheese and Belgian french fries: best in the world.
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  8. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,135) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Verified

    I still think the Brewmaster's Table is the best beer book of all time. While it might be geared toward pairing beers with food, Garrett does a great job of explaining different styles, history, flagship examples, etc.
    I've probably read through some of those sections 20-30 times.
  9. wesbray

    wesbray Advocate (515) Alberta (Canada) Feb 29, 2012 Verified

    I'm an avid reader of beer books, and have a modest collection (some of my favorites being Tim Webb's fantastic books on Belgian beers and city beer guides). Does anyone here have any books they could recommend, in particular any on US beer to help with my West Coast trip in July?
  10. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Initiate (0) Washington Sep 12, 2012

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  11. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Advocate (690) Maryland Jan 13, 2013 Verified

    While not necessarily a book just about US beers, but one of my favorite beer books is Garrett Oliver's The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food.