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- Title: Drinkology Beer: A Book About the Brew
- Autor: James Waller
- Publisher (Publication Date): Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2011)
- Language: English
So a guy or a gal walks into a bar and orders a . . . what? A Belgian lambic? A German Hefeweizen? An American barley wine? Today, with thousands of beers being made in the U.S. and many, many imported ales and lagers available at taverns and retailers, the once-simple decision to have a beer may feel a little like drowning. Drinkology Beer to the rescue. James Waller’s new book is written especially for beer lovers who have no idea what “sparge” or “IBU” might mean. After covering the basics of brewing, Waller provides an informative, witty, and accessible compendium of the globe’s beer styles, ranging from Abbey Ale to Zwickel. With special features including a roundup of “beer culture” (such as beer songs and movies about beer), notes on touring breweries, and a selection of beer-cocktail recipes and food dishes you can make with beer, Drinkology Beer is a beer book completely unlike any other.
Praise for Drinkology Beer:
“If you need a little beer brush-up, or know someone who does, Drinkology Beer is one of the most fun educational beverage reads we’ve had in years.”
“The budding beer aficionado in your life will smile when you hand him a gift-wrapped copy of James Waller’s Drinkology Beer: A Book About the Brew.”
“I’ve been writing about beer for twenty years, so I know a bit about the subject, yet I learn something new every time I open this book. James Waller set out to write for the absolute novice and, in doing so, he reminds us experts that we can all stand to brush up on the basics.”
—John Foyston, MIX magazine
“You almost never get a writer as entertaining as Waller, who is so gifted that he could probably make a textbook on plumbing a scintillating read.”
About the Author
James Waller is a writer and editor who lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is the author of Stewart, Tabori & Chang’s Drinkology (2003) and Drinkology Wine (2005).
All of my friends have become beer snobs. They’ve taken to discussing the subtleties of different types of beer, different brewing techniques, etc. – good for them and all but I was, unfortunately, a little out of my element. Instead of sitting there, clueless, I took it upon myself to learn exactly what they were talking about. A little bit of internet research later and I found Drinkology, and there’s been no going back. Now when I look at a beer menu I can understand all of the differentiations between types of beer and what all of those pesky abbreviations stand for. I’m not a beer snob myself, but, now I can at least participate in the conversations. Another plus is that I better understand what goes into the types of beers that I enjoy and I can quickly pick out new beers to try when I’m feeling adventurous. The book is written perfectly. The language is accessible and informative without being dry. If you want to learn to pick good beer or get in on the craft beer craze, I highly recommend picking this up. In addition, for those not into beer, his other books, Drinkology: Revised and Updated: The Art and Science of the Cocktail , Drinkology: Wine: A Guide to the Grape and Drinkology Eats: A Guide to Bar Food and Cocktail Party Fare are also awesome. They look especially great next to each other on my shelf 😀