Homebrew World: Discover the Secrets of the World’s Leading Homebrewers

Shelf Talker by | Oct 2018 | Issue #133

Homebrew World: Discover the Secrets of the World’s Leading Homebrewers
by Joshua M. Bernstein
Sterling Epicure | April 2018
$24.95

When Joshua M. Bernstein launched his New York homebrew house tour circuit in 2009, his success signaled that the craze had really taken off. Nine years later, getting a voyeuristic peek inside expert homebrewers’ setups has only become more appealing. Homebrew World organizes these devoted hobbyists from across the globe into four groups: the Stylists, the Hop Pack, the Wild Ones, and the Creative Front. Some work to perfect a traditional recipe, like Christopher Bourdages, whose English Mild earned the coveted BJCP perfect score of 50; others balk at consistency, like Iceland’s Plimmó homebrew collective, which likens temperature control to micromanaging. The award-winning recipes alone make this book a must-own, but these guys (and a few women) also share their advice, techniques, and equipment preferences. With each binge-worthy profile, Bernstein reveals there are as many approaches to brewing as there are homebrewers, ultimately validating the creativity and passion behind the popular activity. 

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