Beer Books for Beginners

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  1. KACK1533

    KACK1533 Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2016 Massachusetts

    I have the World Atlas of Beer, Tasting Beer, The Beer Book, and the Encyclopedia of Beer. Any other good beer guides/books I should seek for my "baby" beer library?
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  2. Foyle

    Foyle Meyvn (1,085) Sep 29, 2007 North Carolina

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  3. Justin82

    Justin82 Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2015 Massachusetts

    For me "The Joy of Home Brewing" by charlie papazian has done more for me than any other beer book
  4. zekeman17

    zekeman17 Crusader (743) Feb 14, 2010 Pennsylvania

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  5. jakemn91

    jakemn91 Crusader (769) Jun 14, 2013 New Mexico

    Vintage Beer by Patrick Dawson is one of my favorites. I bought it off Amazon about a year ago and I use it often when organizing and adding to my cellar.
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  6. Strangestbrewer

    Strangestbrewer Initiate (76) Oct 17, 2014 Oregon

    The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth

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  8. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,565) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I recently finished The Great Beer Trek (Revised & Updated) by Stephen Morris. It's a somewhat humorous travelogue of his pub crawls around the US that is set in the late 70s or early 80s, so it predates the real craft movement. (There is also the first version of this book, but the revised edition is exactly the same book about the brewery/bar visit details as was written in the first book, it's just the lists of local breweries, good beer bars, etc. are updated in the revised book.)

    But your question pops up on a regular basis. Here is a link to a thread that I found by doing a search of thread titles using 'reading' as my search word. You can try other words, or page back about 3 months which is about when I recall this topic last being active.
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  9. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (9,639) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    One of my personal favorites (outside of home brewing books) ...

  10. deadsincebirth

    deadsincebirth Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2014 Illinois

    The Oxford Companion to Beer.
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  11. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,189) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    from another thread (removed the ones having to do with brewing)
    The Perfect Keg (all over the place, but a really good read and lots of history thrown in)
    Tasting Beer - Randy Mosher
    I also think it would be beneficial to read some of the books from the Brewing Elements Series on Yeast, Malt and Hops. I just finished Chris Whites book on Yeast (Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation (Brewing Elements)) and found it very interesting
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  12. Chinaskifan1

    Chinaskifan1 Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I read a great book called "A History of the World in Six Glasses." It covered not only beer, but wine, whiskey, tea, coffee, and cola, and how through history wars have been fought over them, how they were made and why, etc. Good reading.
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  13. BrewMan13

    BrewMan13 Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2004 New York

    Tasting Beer - Randy Mosher (see you already have this)
    Radical Brewing - Randy Mosher (especially if you're a homebrewer)
    The brewmasters table - Garrett Oliver
    Beer school - Steve Hindy and Tom Potter (if you're interesting in the business side of things - by the Brooklyn brewery guys)
    I also personally love reading about this history of beer/brewing, though I can't remember what specific books I have right now.
  14. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer Zealot (543) Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation by Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff. They have a whole series with hops, malt, and water that I need to get in to next.
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  15. brewmudgeon

    brewmudgeon Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2007 Wisconsin

    Ambitious Brew by Ogle is a fun read.
  16. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,791) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    The Brewmaster's Table is the best beer book out there. I still re-read sections of it regularly.
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  17. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (668) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

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  18. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Wife got me a copy for Christmas. Quite well done and reasonably accurate so far as I've been able to judge it.
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  19. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (668) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    It was on my Amazon wishlist and no one in my family bought it for me. :slight_frown:
  20. LeRose

    LeRose Poo-Bah (1,722) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Love this book. Good call.
  21. LeRose

    LeRose Poo-Bah (1,722) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Depends on your interests - history, the brewing process, food pairings? Or are you like me and want to learn anything about beer and brewing? Even if you don't home brew, you can learn a lot by reading books on how to brew.

    There's some excellent suggestions already, but if you have a particular focus in mind maybe they can be streamlined some.
  22. BeerKarmaNYC

    BeerKarmaNYC Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2015 New York

  23. stevoj

    stevoj Poo-Bah (9,870) Nov 22, 2011 Idaho

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  24. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    The Beer Bible
    The Brewmaster's Table
    The Oxford Companion to Beer
    The Audacity of Hops
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  25. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,063) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    How to brew is a great home brewing book that breaks down the process.
  26. BeerBobber

    BeerBobber Defender (697) Nov 23, 2015 Nevada

    I have seen it posted here but I will repeat it... The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth is a fantastic book and a great guide to the world of BEER. Another good book that talks about how craft brewers do it is We Make Beer by Sean Lewis. And another good guide would be The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein.
    And for a great story about one of the huge macro lagers try Citizen Coors by Dan Baum. This is a fantastic book about a Prussian immigrant with a vision.
  27. bowzer4birdie

    bowzer4birdie Poo-Bah (1,905) Aug 16, 2012 Illinois

    This SITE is the best beer "book" for anyone to enjoy. :wink::slight_smile:
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  28. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    At times it was a slow read, but it was great to get the layout of craft beer history. Being from Northern California it was cool to read how important Norcal was to it all.
  29. eLMsITYbUM

    eLMsITYbUM Initiate (68) Oct 24, 2007 New Hampshire

    Your profile indicates that you reside in MA. so I would recommend you pick up a current copy of Ale Street News (Vol. 24- No. 6) as it features a story on beer reads. The "brewspaper" should be available at many good bars and package stores near you. Or you can hit up the website at to find out where to pick up a copy. As far as your question goes, it is kind of well broad. What I mean is you don't really mention what you're interests may be. The answer would vary if you were looking for "homebrewing" books for example. I'm sure many reads in this thread will steer you in the right direction as well. If you're looking for some local writers who discuss the very region in which you live, may I suggest Beer Lover's New England or Boston Beer written by Norman Miller, or The Good Beer Guide to New England by Andy Crouch. For more homebrewing books: Charlie Papazian or Randy Mosher are both great authors. For books by brewers, I liked Garrett Oliver's The Brewmaster's Table. Also anything you come across from Michael Jackson is usually great. Search your local bookseller or at Amazon and buy based on your interests. Have fun, hope this thread helps you find what you are looking for.
  30. eLMsITYbUM

    eLMsITYbUM Initiate (68) Oct 24, 2007 New Hampshire

    Saw this at the new Bull Moose in Keene the other day flipped through it, thought it was kind of neat, pondered spending $12 on it. Now I'm thinking I'll go back and grab a copy. Thanks for the recommendation.
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