Nov 05 2008
The Beer Book pronounces right off the bat that it “is not a book for beer snobs.” And they are absolutely right. Editor-in-Chief Tim Hampson takes pains to make this “drinking companion” not only a book accessible to casual beer drinkers who want to expand their knowledge of the styles, but also appealing to the more knowledgeable drinker who wants to see what else is out there to try (to mark off on their “life list,” if you will).
Easily recognizable by its cask conditioned cover, it is not at first glance what one expects from a book by Dorling Kindersley (DK), publisher of travel guides known for glossy covers with spectacular photos. The inside, however, has the obvious look of a DK guide to anything. Nearly 1,700 beers are lovingly pictured in The Beer Book’s encyclopedic examination of brews from all over the world. It is drool-inducing.
The book is arranged geographically, pairing each glamor shot of a bottle, tap, or pint of beer with a snippet of information about the brewery and about a few other beers they make. Just enough to make you thirsty. The pages and pages of straight-up beer information are spliced with full spreads devoted to a certain brewery, style of beer, or even map with breweries’ locations marked. Not to mention the richly-colored, artistic shots of breweries, bars, beers, people drinking, people brewing…more beer.
In short (or perhaps in long, by now) the book is beautiful. It also seems like the perfect gift to anyone at all interested in beer. I would venture to say it is a great coffee table book, but that seems ridiculous. This is for someone’s bar, for someone’s endtable, for someone’s library. And when I said it would make a perfect gift, I meant for you too. I’m drinking it up, myself.Read more: Beer, Book Reviews, Food & Wine, News
Llalan specializes in all things Ohio, but has funny stories from all over the US and Canada, plus a few snort-inducing ones from Thailand. And not only does she read books from around the world, she also samples beers in as many languages as possible. Favorite style: the multi-national American Double IPA.