Beer Is Proof God Loves Us is a funny, engaging, and downright joyous examination of the whole world of beer and brewing. Your guide, Charlie Bamforth, may be the world’s #1 expert on every aspect of beer. After a worldwide search, he was selected as the first Anheuser-Busch Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis. Now, he presents the most compelling social history of beer ever written: where it came from, where the brewing business stands now, and what the future holds. In this far-reaching book, he reveals:
· The extraordinary complexity and artistry that can be found in great brewing
· The factors that impact beer quality and wholesomeness
· Centuries-old cultural values embedded in good beer
Bamforth also explains what the rise of new craft breweries means to beer drinkers and what the latest global trends will have on beer consumption. The book concludes with a look to the future, illustrating how environmental issues will change the brewing industry and addressing radical new approaches to brewing, such as Happoshu and malternatives.
From the Back Cover
“A delightful book that not only reaches the soul of brewing but also tells us much about the soul and humanity of the author. Bamforth skillfully weaves a holistic and philosophical story about our complex society and the positive role that beer has, does, and will play in it. It is a joy to read and will leave the reader refreshed in mind and soul.” –Simon Jackson, Executive Director, Institute of Brewing and Distilling, London, England “A heartfelt account of beer that reads as though I’m sitting at a pub table across from the ‘Beer Professor’ himself as he reveals personal tales and experiences over many pints of beer. A concise snapshot of the world of beer–past, present, and future. Remarkable insight into the behind-the-scenes world of beer.” –Charlie Papazian, Author of Complete Joy of Homebrewing; National Beer Examiner, http://Examiner.com/beer; President, Brewers Association (USA); and Founder, Great American Beer Festival Don’t just drink beer: Experience it. All of it. Discover the extraordinary culture and history of brewing: the remarkable craft that reaches back before written history. Visit legendary British pubs now fading sadly into memory…and the craft breweries, corporate boardrooms, and home brewers that are the new future of beer. Learn how to tell a great beer from a good one…find surprising new research on beer and human health…uncover beer in the Bible (and other unlikely places)…and discover divinity and transcendence in your very next brew. Yes, there’s more to beer than you ever imagined: It is the most complex, subtle, and remarkable beverage humans have ever created. Its story deserves to be told with love and passion. Charles W. Bamforth brings all that, plus a lifetime of brewing knowledge and wisdom. Read his book, and you’ll agree with Benjamin Franklin’s apocryphal quote: Beer truly is proof that God loves us. From Bangkok’s Singha to the Sierra Nevadas How institutional investing, indexing, and efficient markets theory promote herding Secrets of foam, color, clarity, and freshness From the bottle inward: the makings of a great brew Discovering the “Slow Beer” movement Traditional brewers, true beer culture, and real heritage God in a glass: the spiritual dimensions of beer Experiencing the magnificence of transformation and deliverance
About the Author
Charles W. Bamforth has been in the brewing industry for 32 years, including 13 years in research, 11 in academia, and 8 with the famed brewing company Bass. After an international search, he was selected as UC Davis’ first Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences. His Web site gives fuller details of his career and much interesting information about beer and brewing, besides: http://www-foodsci.ucdavis.edu/bamforth/. Throughout his diverse career, he has embraced every dimension of beer, from raw materials and processing, through quality, to beer’s impact on the body. This makes him unique among “beer people” worldwide. He has published many research papers in the peer-reviewed domain, but also those targeted at the layperson, seeking to engage awareness and debate about beer as a product and as part of social fabric. This is his ninth book on beer (one of his earlier ones is in its third edition), and he is generally considered to be one of the world’s leading writers and speakers on beer, from an authoritative, but also humorous and engaging, perspective. In recent years his major research thrust has been on the wholesomeness and public perception of beer.
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Bamforth has captured it! In “Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing”, Professor Bamforth takes the reader for a ride unlike that offered in any of his previous works. I had to set the book down for a few days after reading the first chapter. Being reminded of the current climate in the brewing industry required that I reach for that which keeps me professionally passionate and motivated…..a healthy and delicious glass of beer. Acquisition and consolidation are initially described which inevitably mean fewer jobs and the possibility of squeezing some talented and passionate brewers out of the industry as the Professor points out. However, just as it would seem all is lost, Dr. Bamforth reminds and informs us of the new culture of beer and brewing ushered in by craft brewing pioneers such as Ken Grossman, Fritz Maytag and Jim Koch. Charlie defines many of the principle quality attributes of beer for the reader which further aid to justify its rightful place on the highest of beverage pedestals. The book takes a turn to describe many of the challenges the beer industry has faced and is currently facing with dealing with anti-alcohol forces as it also addresses the stigma associated with extreme beer and drinking events such as the great Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. Bamforth enlightens the reader as to the numerous health benefits associated with the moderate consumption of beer. In closing, the author speaks of tolerance, tolerance of people, people of one another, people’s choices. The reader must indulge in the footnotes. They offer insight into the mind of the author. More importantly, and perhaps as a first in a Bamforth writing, they offer insight into the heart of the author. At times, the book reads as if it is the final chapter in the career of a brewing scholar, researcher and teacher……..let us hope this is not the case. Regardless of one’s level of intimacy with beer and/or the brewing process as a home brewer, professional brewer or beer enthusiast, “Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing” deserves a place on the library shelf.
This is a very human and comprehensive account of everything that has happened in the world of beer for the last 50 years or so. It explains what happened to the companies and brands you used to see but don’t any more. It explains how breweries and brew-pubs and mega-companies work, and how they have evolved the way they have, and why. It explains why beers your used to love have changed their flavor. This is a fantastic book for anyone who enjoys beers and is curious about such things. Just a really, really fine read! Written by someone who knows his stuff! The author is highly qualified!
An excellent text that makes you really wish you knew the author personally. He’s passionate about his subject and leaves you a minor expert on all things beer. Even if you’re a wine enthusiast like me, you’ll never look down your nose at the magnificence of this great beverage again.Plus, when he waxed philosophical at the end, he produced a small speech I feel compelled to utilize myself sometime real soon.
- Title: Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing (paperback)
- Autor: Charles W. Bamforth
- Publisher (Publication Date): Pearson FT Press; 1 edition (October 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0133925412
- ISBN-13: | 978-0133925418
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