One of my favourite past times during the Summer is to chill at the cottage and catch up on some reading while drinking some of the cold bevies that breweries have to offer.
So I started to do some research about combining two things I love, books and beer.
Here are some books you should consider reading:
Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink – Book by Randy Mosher
Everyone knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it with an understanding of the finer points of brewing, serving, and food pairing. Discover the ingredients and brewing methods that make each variety unique and learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouthfeel of all the major beer styles. There are recommendations for more than 50 types of beer from around the world encourage you to expand your horizons. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
The Beer Bible – Book by Jeff Alworth
The Beer Bible is the ultimate reader- and drinker-friendly guide to all the world’s beers.
No other book of this depth and scope approaches the subject of beer in the same way that beer lovers do—by style, just as a perfect pub menu is organized—and gets right to the pleasure of discovery, knowledge, and connoisseur-ship. Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales—there’s everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of different authentic types of brews. Each style is a chapter unto itself, delving into origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, substyles, and tasting notes, and ending with a recommended list of the beers to know in each category. Infographics throughout make the explanation of beer’s flavors, brewing methods, ingredients, labeling, serving, and more as immediate as it is lively. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
The Oxford Companion to Beer – Book by Garrett Oliver
Note: You may remember the name Garrett Oliver from my previous post about Cheap vs. Expensive Beer.
The first major reference work to investigate the history and vast scope of beer, The Oxford Companion to Beer features more than 1,100 A-Z entries written by 166 of the world’s most prominent beer experts. Attractively illustrated with over 140 images, the book covers everything from the agricultural makeup of various beers to the technical elements of the brewing process, local effects of brewing on regions around the world, and the social and political implications of sharing a beer. Entries not only define terms such as “dry hopping” and “cask conditioning” but give fascinating details about how these and other techniques affect a beer’s taste, texture, and popularity. Cultural entries shed light on such topics as pub games, food pairings and the development of beer styles. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time – Book by John J. Palmer
Everything needed to brew beer right the first time. Presented in a light-hearted style without frivolous interruptions, this authoritative text introduces brewing in a easy step-by-step review. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution – Novel by Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith
We drink it. We love it. But how much do we really know about beer? Starting from around 7000 BC, beer has emerged as a major element driving humankind’s development, a role it has continued to play through today’s craft brewing explosion. With The Comic Book Story of Beer, the first-ever nonfiction graphic novel focused on this most favored beverage, you can follow along from the very beginning, as authors Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith team up with illustrator Aaron McConnell to present the key figures, events, and, yes, beers that shaped and frequently made history. No boring, old historical text here, McConnell’s versatile art style—moving from period-accurate renderings to cartoony diagrams to historical caricatures and back—finds an equal and effective partner in the pithy, informative text of Hennessey and Smith presented in captions and word balloons on each page. The end result is a filling mixture of words and pictures sure to please the beer aficionado and comics geek alike. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
The Little Book of Craft Beer: A guide to over 100 of the world’s finest brews – Book by Melissa Cole
It has never been a better time for quality ale and brews. But with more amazing beers available than ever before, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. Do you want something sharp or smooth? Citrusy or herby? Light or heavy? In comes The Little Book of Craft Beer, which celebrates over 100 of the world’s most innovative and tastiest beers. From classic IPAs bursting with zingy hops to silky-smooth stouts, you’ll be pointed in the right direction to find the perfect brew for you. Self-confessed beer geek and expert Melissa Cole takes you through the brewing process and guides you to some of the best and most eclectic craft brewers. Combining two of her favourite passions – good-quality brews and delicious food, each section is finished with a cocktail and food recipe using beer as the key component. You will also discover a genuinely tasty selection of gluten- and alcohol-free offerings, as well a helpful advice on shopping for craft beer, tasting and food pairing notes. Complete with clear and practical illustrations, and little known facts, hints and tips throughout, The Little Book of Craft Beer is the perfect introduction for newcomers and connoisseurs alike. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer from Scratch – Book by Aaron Kleidon, Marika Josephson, and Ryan Tockstein
The complete resource for brewing beer with farmed and foraged ingredients, featuring over 50 recipes
The Homebrewer’s Almanacis a practical guide for those who are interested in incorporating fresh and foraged ingredients into their beer, written by the brewers of one of the country’s hottest new breweries. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
The Beer Kitchen: The art and science of cooking and pairing with beer – Book by Melissa Cole
When a recipe calls for ‘beer’ do you have the first clue of what you should add? When was the last time you read a recipe that really specified a beer style, or even suggested a few different brands from the bewildering array on your supermarket shelves?
In The Beer Kitchen award-winning beer expert Melissa Cole has combined two of her greatest passions: great brews and delicious food. Sharing over 70 incredible recipes Melissa expertly guides you through the gustatory pleasure of cooking with beer and what to drink with your creations. Starting with the ‘science bits’ you will discover the importance between taste and flavour, how to assess beer and pair to perfection. With thorough advice on beer-types and flavour notes to beer and cheese pairing plus a helpful guide to tools and equipment and store cupboard essentials, The Beer Kitchen is a new, scientific and exciting approach to food that will change the way you cook and what you drink with it. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
Homebrewing for Dummies – Book by Marty Nachel
Want to become your own brewmeister? Homebrewing For Dummies, 2nd Edition, gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for everything from making your first “kit” beer to brewing an entire batch from scratch. Before you know it, you’ll be boiling, bottling, storing, pouring, and kegging your own frothy, delicious suds.. (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People – Book by Karla Oceanak
It’s closing time at the brewery. While the moon rises, the happy crew sings and dances as they wind down for the day. Join them in saying goodnight to the beer-making equipment, brew ingredients, and styles of suds.
This humorous parody of a children’s literature classic is a “pitcher book” for grown-ups. It’s the perfect anytime story for beer lovers everywhere! (Available at Chapters/Indigo)
If you like this kind of bedtime story but don’t feel like reading, just watch the video below.