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Beer Book Reviews
« on: October 10, 2008, 11:24:45 PM »
Post a short review on any beer books you've read recently.  I know I'm always looking for something good to read and it's even better when the topic is related to something you really enjoy too.  I've just ordered another 6 beer related books (one recommended by Kathleen :thumbup: ) and really look forward to checking them out.

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Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery by Steve Hindy & Tom Potter

A well written look at starting a business and in this case, a brewery.  Steve and Tom take turns writing chapters and the other weighs in with their take on the topic with a couple paragraphs at the end of each section.  Run ins with the mob, how to raise money to start the business, marketing and more are all covered.  Very informative with lots of information that applies to starting any business, not just a brewery.  Definitely a great read for anyone interested in the issues any new business confronts along with some interesting issues related to the beer industry.  I highly recommend it for anyone interested in starting a brewery or starting a business in general but also for anyone else.


Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery by Sam Calagione

A great book about starting a business written by Sam Calagione, the founder and owner of Dogfish Head Brewery.  Sam tells a the story of how the brewery came to be with lots of funny stories about situations that arose along the way.  Lots of topics are covered throughout the book so you don't get bored with one topic.  Many of the ideas and information applies not just to the brewing business but to all businesses.  Highly recommended.


Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast's Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home by Sam Calagione

Learn about the basics of brewing and then move into more advanced brewing along with brewing extreme beers.  Recipes for extreme beers like blood orange hefe and kiwi Wit are included along with recipes for from many commercial brewers for brewing some of their big name offerings.  This book also covers food and beer pairings in addition to recipes for cooking with beer.  Easy reading book that keeps your attention.  Short sections make reading it in short sessions (like on the toilet) easy.


How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time by John J. Palmer

Learn how to homebrew.  From the basics to stepping up to all-grain brewing and even more advanced techniques like water alteration and more.  Well written and fairly easy to follow.  Some of the stuff covered will be way over the heads of new and novice homebrewers.  It may be wise to wait on reading those later chapters til you've gotten all the basics down to keep from getting confused or worrying about stuff before you can control all other aspects. 
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2008, 12:38:21 PM »
Just got a couple new books in the mail.

Beer Blast - The inside story of the brewing industry's bizarre battles for your money thanks to Kathleen for the recommendation

Travels with Barley - A journey through beer culture in America

Redhook - Beer pioneer
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2008, 12:58:49 PM »
Just got a couple new books in the mail.

Beer Blast - The inside story of the brewing industry's bizarre battles for your money thanks to Kathleen for the recommendation

Travels with Barley - A journey through beer culture in America

Redhook - Beer pioneer

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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2008, 12:59:57 PM »
Just got a couple new books in the mail.

Beer Blast - The inside story of the brewing industry's bizarre battles for your money thanks to Kathleen for the recommendation

Travels with Barley - A journey through beer culture in America

Redhook - Beer pioneer

 :bye: :thumbup:

Let me know what you think!

:) Will do.  Gonna start with that one.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 02:09:30 PM »


Just finished reading the book Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle.  Highly recommend it.  It's super thorough and researched with tons of great stories and info on how the beer industry in the US grew from the times of Eberhard Anheuser all the way through the microbrew boom today.  Great read.
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 11:25:24 PM »


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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2010, 10:39:03 AM »
Gone through most all of those over the years.  Now in search for a new one.  Lots of new beer books coming out in the coming months but I don't wanna wait.
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2010, 03:11:40 PM »
Amber Gold and Black is a new book.  It's all about the history of British styles of beer.

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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2010, 03:13:58 PM »
Amber Gold and Black is a new book.  It's all about the history of British styles of beer.

Nice, may check it out.  Thanks.
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2010, 06:46:32 PM »
Wild Brews was pretty cool. Waiting on the new edition of Lambikland, keeps getting pushed further into the future...

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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2010, 06:54:51 PM »
Wild Brews was pretty cool. Waiting on the new edition of Lambikland, keeps getting pushed further into the future...
Same here. I've been debating buying Wild Ales for some time now.

My fav beer book:
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2010, 06:57:37 PM »
Wild Brews was pretty cool. Waiting on the new edition of Lambikland, keeps getting pushed further into the future...
Same here. I've been debating buying Wild Ales for some time now.
Some parts got a bit technical for me, but there was plenty of good content too.
There was one cool chart that showed the lifespan/levels of 15+ bugs in a barrel of lambic :nerd:

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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2010, 07:05:18 PM »
Wild Brews was pretty cool. Waiting on the new edition of Lambikland, keeps getting pushed further into the future...
Same here. I've been debating buying Wild Ales for some time now.
Some parts got a bit technical for me, but there was plenty of good content too.
There was one cool chart that showed the lifespan/levels of 15+ bugs in a barrel of lambic :nerd:
Only thing stopping me from buying it is it seems to aim to the homebrewer which i am not.
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2010, 12:48:37 PM »
Wild Brews was pretty cool. Waiting on the new edition of Lambikland, keeps getting pushed further into the future...
Same here. I've been debating buying Wild Ales for some time now.
Some parts got a bit technical for me, but there was plenty of good content too.
There was one cool chart that showed the lifespan/levels of 15+ bugs in a barrel of lambic :nerd:
Only thing stopping me from buying it is it seems to aim to the homebrewer which i am not.
I'm definitely not a homebrewer, but enjoyed reading about all the history and breakdown of wild ale styles. Also there was good info about what flavors are attributed to which yeasts/bacterias. It's a good read, you can always skip the technical parts. Yes there are homebrew recipes in the back, but it's a good resource for beer geeks too.

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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2010, 01:16:46 PM »
Wild Brews was pretty cool. Waiting on the new edition of Lambikland, keeps getting pushed further into the future...
Same here. I've been debating buying Wild Ales for some time now.
Some parts got a bit technical for me, but there was plenty of good content too.
There was one cool chart that showed the lifespan/levels of 15+ bugs in a barrel of lambic :nerd:
Only thing stopping me from buying it is it seems to aim to the homebrewer which i am not.
I'm definitely not a homebrewer, but enjoyed reading about all the history and breakdown of wild ale styles. Also there was good info about what flavors are attributed to which yeasts/bacterias. It's a good read, you can always skip the technical parts. Yes there are homebrew recipes in the back, but it's a good resource for beer geeks too.
Good to know, thanks.  :thumbup:
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LambikLand ETA
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2010, 02:02:47 PM »
Emerge you have a book coming out?
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2010, 02:50:32 PM »
Emerge you have a book coming out?

Deco, maybe it's those 5 Wild Ones talking, but please follow the link above ;)

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« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2010, 06:04:13 PM »
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« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2010, 06:06:41 PM »
I think I'll wait for Lambicland to be available and buy it with Wild Ales on Amazon so i can get free shipping.
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« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2010, 06:14:54 PM »
Emerge

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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2010, 12:11:05 PM »
May see if I can scrounge them up in electronic format when I get a chance.
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« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2010, 12:26:26 PM »
I think I'll wait for Lambicland to be available and buy it with Wild Ales on Amazon so i can get free shipping.

It's out now through the publisher. Ordered with them before and it shipped from the UK within a week. :thumbup:
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« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2010, 01:05:23 PM »
I think I'll wait for Lambicland to be available and buy it with Wild Ales on Amazon so i can get free shipping.

It's out now through the publisher. Ordered with them before and it shipped from the UK within a week. :thumbup:
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Good lookin out  :thumbup:

I still think I'm going to wait till Amazon gets it so i can get free shipping.
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« Reply #24 on: November 01, 2010, 01:07:16 PM »
I think I'll wait for Lambicland to be available and buy it with Wild Ales on Amazon so i can get free shipping.

It's out now through the publisher. Ordered with them before and it shipped from the UK within a week. :thumbup:
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Good lookin out  :thumbup:

I still think I'm going to wait till Amazon gets it so i can get free shipping.

Seems strange that Amazon doesn't even list it other than the older versions.  It would appear that he author also writes sex books.
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2010, 01:14:13 PM »
Just ordered Wild Brews, Radical Brewing, and Tasting Beer.  :nerd:  :ale:
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« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2010, 01:18:11 PM »
Just ordered Wild Brews, Radical Brewing, and Tasting Beer.  :nerd:  :ale:

I'm assuming the first 2 are Xmas presents...   :coffee:


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« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2010, 01:18:43 PM »
Just ordered Wild Brews, Radical Brewing, and Tasting Beer.  :nerd:  :ale:

I'm assuming the first 2 are Xmas presents...   :coffee:

I'll have them photocopied for you.
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« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2010, 09:50:00 AM »
Just got the book yesterday, managed to read through it a bit. First half gives you some background and history of the Lambic producers, the current state of affairs, and future: Gueuzerie Tilquin. It breaks down all the terminology, process, etc. There are detailed profiles of all the traditional Lambic brewers, and mentions of the commercial ones. 2nd half of the book is more of a guide through the Payottenland region, old and new Lambic cafes scattered around that area.

Some really nice photos capture the Lambic cafe atmosphere, and in the intro sections there's some nice vintage Lambic advertising i've never seen before. It's not just a travel guidebook either, it captures the fleeting culture there that we're disconnected from in the states. If you're a fan of traditional Lambics, it's a very interesting read.

Hopefully it goes on Amazon soon, I submitted an update for the 2nd edition :thumbup:

But don't take my word for it...
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2010, 11:41:30 AM »
Just ordered Wild Brews, Radical Brewing, and Tasting Beer.  :nerd:  :ale:

I'm assuming the first 2 are Xmas presents...   :coffee:

Ahhhhh, you didn't have to get me a present.  Thanks!

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« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2011, 12:34:15 AM »
Bought Wild Brews and Brew Like a Monk today.  These will be my first non-innertubezes homebrew readings.


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« Reply #31 on: May 05, 2011, 10:07:53 AM »
Bought Wild Brews and Brew Like a Monk today.  These will be my first non-innertubezes homebrew readings.
Have you started reading Wild Brews yet? One of the cooler things in there is the timeline chart of barrel bugs and what they contribute to wild ales. :nerd:

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« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2011, 08:54:21 PM »
Bought Wild Brews and Brew Like a Monk today.  These will be my first non-innertubezes homebrew readings.
Have you started reading Wild Brews yet? One of the cooler things in there is the timeline chart of barrel bugs and what they contribute to wild ales. :nerd:

I'm in the process of reading them both right now (1 in each bathroom).  Digging them both so far.


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« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2018, 01:00:34 PM »
New edition of Good Beer Guide to Belgium is up for pre-order... link


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« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2018, 10:51:45 PM »
This one looks good:
Bars, Taverns, and Dives of New York

The illustrations are pretty cool. Seems to be more than just a tour guidebook. Under $20 at Target.

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« Reply #35 on: November 19, 2018, 09:37:38 AM »
New edition of Good Beer Guide to Belgium is up for pre-order... link
Got this recently and have been poking through it. Tim Webb is retiring from the guide apparently, and Joe Stange is taking the reins. A great writer and beer traveler, his blog Thirsty Pilgrim has been regular reading for years.

This is a very thorough book, with descriptions of beer styles and supposedly every Belgian brewery. I'm more in it for the travel stuff, which there's plenty of too. Also a great essay about disappearing volkscafes by Regula Ysewijn, the author of Belgian Cafe Culture.

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« Reply #36 on: June 04, 2019, 01:06:24 PM »
New edition of Good Beer Guide to Belgium is up for pre-order... link
Got this recently and have been poking through it. Tim Webb is retiring from the guide apparently, and Joe Stange is taking the reins. A great writer and beer traveler, his blog Thirsty Pilgrim has been regular reading for years.

This is a very thorough book, with descriptions of beer styles and supposedly every Belgian brewery. I'm more in it for the travel stuff, which there's plenty of too. Also a great essay about disappearing volkscafes by Regula Ysewijn, the author of Belgian Cafe Culture.

Update: Tim Webb is currently working on The World Atlas of Beer, so he's not retired from writing or anything. Just ordered a few books from booksaboutbeer.com, they had a few package deals on there.

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« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2019, 12:20:15 PM »
New edition of Good Beer Guide to Belgium is up for pre-order... link
Got this recently and have been poking through it. Tim Webb is retiring from the guide apparently, and Joe Stange is taking the reins. A great writer and beer traveler, his blog Thirsty Pilgrim has been regular reading for years.

This is a very thorough book, with descriptions of beer styles and supposedly every Belgian brewery. I'm more in it for the travel stuff, which there's plenty of too. Also a great essay about disappearing volkscafes by Regula Ysewijn, the author of Belgian Cafe Culture.

Update: Tim Webb is currently working on The World Atlas of Beer, so he's not retired from writing or anything. Just ordered a few books from booksaboutbeer.com, they had a few package deals on there.

Just got the books, with shipping the 3 books were around $10 each shipped from the UK.

Here's the set, includes in-depth guides to Brussels, Bruges, and Amsterdam.

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« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2019, 11:36:10 AM »
The Brussels 2nd edition book has new content and was solely written by Joe Stange (previous was with Yvan de Baets), who does the GBG Belgium now as well. I had just gotten it to replace my old copy that disappeared, and realized the content had been updated. :excited: Still not a new edition, but nice to have.
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« Reply #39 on: July 24, 2020, 05:49:00 PM »
Brussels Beer City by Eoghan Walsh

Looks to be a good one about Brussels brewing history.

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« Reply #40 on: October 26, 2020, 01:25:53 PM »
Brussels Beer City by Eoghan Walsh

Looks to be a good one about Brussels brewing history.

Just ordered one :cheers:

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« Reply #41 on: August 25, 2021, 10:48:18 AM »
Picked up American Sour Beers and an extra copy of Wild Brews last weekend. Never read ASB, and it has lots of good info.:coffee::ale:

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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #42 on: August 25, 2021, 12:34:29 PM »
Picked up American Sour Beers and an extra copy of Wild Brews last weekend. Never read ASB, and it has lots of good info.:coffee::ale:
His brewery is about 5 miles from my house.
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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #43 on: August 25, 2021, 12:59:04 PM »
Picked up American Sour Beers and an extra copy of Wild Brews last weekend. Never read ASB, and it has lots of good info.:coffee::ale:
His brewery is about 5 miles from my house.

Cool, didn't know about it. :thumbup: I used to read Mad Fermentationist pretty often though.

Edit: Dang they have a lot of beers. Pretty interesting selection: https://sapwoodcellars.com/what-do-we-have/

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Re: Beer Book Reviews
« Reply #44 on: August 25, 2021, 02:05:06 PM »
They do an amazing number of new beers all the time.  And almost all of them are top notch.  Their sours and BA stuff is pretty pricey, but the ones I've had have been really good.
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« Reply #45 on: October 12, 2022, 10:23:01 PM »
Started reading Lambic by Raf Meert. Very “mythbusters” so far, common myths like the name is from Lembeek,etc. Interested to see where it goes.

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« Reply #46 on: October 14, 2022, 11:08:02 AM »
Started reading Lambic by Raf Meert. Very “mythbusters” so far, common myths like the name is from Lembeek,etc. Interested to see where it goes.
Nice. Give us the cliff notes as you read  :)

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« Reply #47 on: October 14, 2022, 11:37:38 AM »
Started reading Lambic by Raf Meert. Very “mythbusters” so far, common myths like the name is from Lembeek,etc. Interested to see where it goes.
Nice. Give us the cliff notes as you read  :)

So far the first chapter covers fairly well established myths addressed over the last few years. Lindemans brewery changed their founding date from 1811 to 1822, Van Den Steen's book contains errors, Frank Boon pushes the Lembeek naming legend, Robert Desart's book "Memoirs of Jef Lambic" was fictitious, etc.

The author brings up the concept of "presentism", a term I wasn't really familiar with. The tendency to view the past through a contemporary lens. Also a lot of outlining of research methods.

While I agree it's important to separate fact from fiction, folklore also has it's place in history, and is part of the culture.