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Put some learnin’ in you: Great books about beer
June 10, 2014
I am, as many of you might know, an avid reader and proponent of discovering new literary adventures of all sorts. While most of the books I read fall into the science based non-fiction or über nerdy stories intended for people who own and use “Magic the Gathering” cards (A game that I’ve never had an interest in, those folks just write good books. Plus I got to use an umlaut just now, check that fanciness out). My proclivity for nerdy topics aside, I am also a fan of books that feed my beer and homebrew obsession. With that, here are a few brew related reads that I highly recommend:
How To Brew by John J. Palmer: I credit this book with helping me recover from the disaster that was my first homebrew and get to the point of being proficient in making my own beer. This book covers all of the most important topics in brewing, and will provide information on topics that I had never considered prior to reading this book. I still refer to this book from time to time when I run into a predicament or am fuzzy on a particular area and consider it one of the best tools in my homebrew arsenal.
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart: While this book isn’t exclusive to beer (in fact the majority of the book is dedicated to other topics) this book is full of an incredible history of all the libations we human types have concocted in our history and the plants on which they are based. I’ve found this book to be inspiring for new and different things to integrate in my homebrew recipes, and a fascinating read as well.
The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli: This is a book that I would recommend to beer nerds of every variety. Not only is this a well written history of the motivations and cultural shifts that allowed for the rapid expansion of craft brewing over the past several decades; but an interesting perspective on the changes in America’s preferences in beer styles. This is a great choice if you want something stimulating while kicking your feet up with a pint.
Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado Breweries by Ed Sealover: This book is equal combination travel guide and historical non-fiction. Ed Sealover has done an amazing job researching and cataloging the not just the breweries in the state but the people behind them. I can say that I’ve tried a few breweries that I didn’t even know existed based on the motivation from the summaries found in this book, and I highly recommend picking up a copy to give yourself a reason to go exploring.
There are of course a myriad of other books for homebrewers, beer anthropology buff’s and every other niche you could think of that relates to writing about beer. If you have any favorites, please share them on Twitter (I always welcome suggestions for books, queue the Reading Rainbow song…). I will always be a fan of a good book with a good beer, regardless of the genre of either. Moreover, reading about beer while having a pint is a great way to engross one’s self in many of the great aspects of our beer culture in ways you can’t find otherwise.
What I was drinking while writing this post: Averice by RiNo Brewing Co.