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An inside look at how craft beer makers and IPA devotees come together to brew, taste, and enjoy fine ale while also building a sense of community in Las Vegas Equally reviled and revered as Sin City, Las Vegas is both exceptional and emblematic of contemporary American cultural practices and tastes. Michael Ian Borer takes us inside the burgeoning Las Vegas craft beer scene to witness how its adherents use beer to create and foster not just a local culture but a locals' culture. Through compelling, detailed first-hand accounts and interviews, Vegas Brews provides an unprecedented look into the ways that brewers, distributors, bartenders, and drinkers fight against the perceived and preconceived norm about what "happens in Vegas" and lay claim to a part of their city that is too often overshadowed by the bright lights of tourist sites. Borer shows how our interactions with the things we care about-and the ways that we care about how they're made, treated, and consumed-can lead to new senses of belonging and connections with and to others and the places where we live. In a world where people and things move around at an extraordinary pace, the folks Borer spent time talking (and drinking) with remind us to slow down and learn how to taste the "good life," or at least a semblance of it, even in a city where style is often valued over substance.
From grain to glass-a complete illustrated history of brewing and breweries in the state more famous for beer than any other Few places on Earth are as identified with beer as Wisconsin, with good reason. Since its first commercial brewery was established in 1835, the state has seen more than 800 open and more than 650 close-sometimes after mere months, sometimes after thriving for as long as a century and a half. The Drink That Made Wisconsin Famous explores this rich history, from the first territorial pioneers to the most recent craft brewers, and from barley to barstool. From the global breweries that developed in Milwaukee in the 1870s to the "wildcat" breweries of Prohibition and the upstart craft brewers of today, Doug Hoverson tells the stories of Wisconsin's rich brewing history. The lavishly illustrated book goes beyond the giants like Miller, Schlitz, Pabst, and Heileman that loom large in the state's brewing renown. Of equal interest are the hundreds of small breweries across the state started by immigrants and entrepreneurs to serve local or regional markets. Many proved remarkably resistant to the consolidation and contraction that changed the industry-giving the impression that nearly every town in the Badger State had its own brewery. Even before beer tourism became popular, hunters, anglers, and travelers found their favorite brews in small Wisconsin cities like Rice Lake, Stevens Point, and Chippewa Falls. Hoverson describes these breweries in all their diversity, from the earliest enterprises to the few surviving stalwarts to the modern breweries reviving Wisconsin's reputation as the place to find not just the most beer but the best. Within the larger history, every brewery has its story, and Hoverson gives each its due, investigating the circumstances that meant success or failure and describing in engaging detail the people, the technology, the marketing, and the government relations that delivered Wisconsin's beer from grain to glass.
What's the best beer you've ever tasted? What's your favourite beer? Where can I drink your ultimate brew? These are questions that beer writer Mark Dredge is always being asked. And he doesn't have an answer... yet. This is his search for the world's best beer. Part city guide, part travelogue and part reference book, The Best Beer in the World takes you on a journey through North and South America, Europe, Asia and further afield in search of the essential bars and breweries, immersing you in the history and beer culture of each region and highlighting the key beers to try. Alongside this are the quintessential beer experiences from all four corners of the globe - whether that's searching for the best IPAs California has to offer, celebrating Oktoberfest in Brazil, downing fresh Bia Hoi on a scorching day in Hanoi or heading to Prague to drink unfiltered pilsner from the world's first lager brewery. So if you want to read interviews from London's best new craft brewers, see illustrated maps of the finest watering holes in Melbourne, understand the science of taste, unlock the secrets of beer nirvana in Portland, find out where the world's biggest beer festivals are or simply where to go for the perfect pint of Guinness in Dublin, all is explained here, along with the all-important answer to the question: what is The Best Beer in the World?
Gone are the days when a beer cocktail just meant a shandy. Whether you like your brew ice-cold and easy to down, or dark, crafty and complex, today's vast range of beers makes it the ultimate cocktail ingredient.Beer Cocktails brings you 100 delicious and inventive ways to complement your brew - from summery classics like the micheleda and lagerita, to sophisticated mixes designed to get the best out of your favorite craft beer.
How punter power pulled the humble pint back from the brink, this is the surprising story of a very British consumer revolt! Following a cast of bloody-minded City bankers, hippie microbrewers, style gurus, a Python, and a lot of men in pubs, Brew Britannia tells the story of the campaign to revitalise the nation's beer which became the most successful consumer revolt in British history! Fifty years ago the future of British beer looked as bleak as the weak, sweet, bland and fizzy pints being poured, as colossal combines took over the industry, closing local breweries and putting profit before palate. Yet today the number of breweries is at a post-war high, with over a thousand in operation, membership of The Campaign for Real Ale organisation (CAMRA) exploding in recent years with over 150,000 active members and exciting new developments brewing. In a barn in Somerset, plans are afoot to ferment a beer-cider hybrid with wild yeast that blows on the wind, while in Yorkshire an almost extinct style of 'salty 'n' sour' wheat beer is being resurrected for the 21st century. Whether you drink traditional, CAMRA-approved 'real ale' or prefer a super-strong, fruit-infused, barrel-aged Belgian-style 'saison', this astonishing story from the authors of popular beer blog Boak and Bailey will have you thirsty for more!
Whether you're a beer aficionado with your own small batch brewing in your backyard or you are new to the beer scene Liquid Education: Beer is the perfect accompaniment to learning all things about everyone's favourite tipple. Compiled into pint-sized chapters and beautifully illustrated by Daniella Germain, this go-to guide contains everything from the history and stories behind beer-making and beer flavour profiles, to the rise of the craft beer movement and the popularity of home-brewing. Educate yourself about the wonders of beer!
In Praise of Beer is a helpful guide for beer lovers looking to learn more about what they should look for with each sip of beer. In his latest book, Charles Bamforth brings new light to the topic of beer in ways perfect for any beer fan, lover, or connoisseur. The book answers popular questions from consumers, including what consumers should be expecting from their beer; what styles are available; what they should be thinking about when purchasing beer, either in a bar or a beer shop; how to look after beer; how to present beer; which beer for which occasion, including dining; and if they can drink beer (in moderation) with a clear conscience. In Praise of Beer is written in an authoritative but easy-to-read style and is full of anecdotes, inside knowledge and valuable information.
Just about anyone with a modest amount of beer knowledge will tell you that right here, right now is the best time in the history of mankind to be a beer drinker. With the most breweries in the United States since Prohibition and a global culture that is thriving and innovating, there are choices on tap like never before, using ingredients that a generation ago would have been considered taboo by beer makers. And looking around at any one of the 4,800 breweries currently operating in the U.S. will reveal a clientele as diverse as the nation itself. The truth, however, is that while it is a great time to be a beer drinker, it's also a confusing time. Poor quality, misinformation about flavors, and, perhaps, too much choice. Moreover, for every good news story about diversity of taste and positive economic impact, there's a dark side: Unfair business practices like large breweries paying for a tap instead of earning it by popular demand, small brewers denied access to ingredients by larger brewers monopolizing them, unsafe working conditions, and an undercurrent of sexism among brewers that still favors white males above all others. Quality often suffers as breweries try to grow too quickly and "craft" beers promote bitter, strong flavors at the expense of the more subtle brews. To drink beer is easy. Pour, put to lips, and swallow. To think critically about beer is much harder. Appreciating and conscientiously participating in beer culture today is about more than downing pints and understanding flavors. It requires an understanding of everything it took to get that beer into your glass, looking and tasting the way it does, priced the way it is, and sold at that particular venue. Drawing on history, economics, and countless interviews with industry insiders, expert John Holl here provides a complete guide to beer today, exploring how beer and breweries are building communities, changing tastes, and shaping lives.
The brewing history of Toronto is as rich and complex as the many beers produced in the city's breweries. Many of these breweries still exist, but dozens have been lost to time or development. Take a look back at these historically and culturally significant breweries and discover the influence they had on the city's past. Beer expert and author Jordan St. John details the stories of sixteen beer makers, from the locations of the facilities to the range of their offerings, and includes fascinating biographical information on the prominent brewers who were also notable members of Toronto society -- John Doel, Eugene O'Keefe, and Enoch Turner, to name a few. This important new contribution to the city's history is sure to be a fascinating exploration for beer enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
One of the most exciting and dynamic segments of today's craft brewing scene , American-brewed sour beers are designed intentionally to be tart and may be inoculated with souring bacteria, fermented with wild yeast or fruit, aged in barrels or blended with younger beer. Craft brewers and homebrewers have adapted traditional European techniques to create some of the world's most distinctive and experimental styles. This book details the wide array of processes and ingredients in American sour beer production, with actionable advice for each stage of the process. Inspiration, education and practical applications for brewers of all levels are provided by some of the country's best known sour beer brewers.
World Bottled Beers is compiled by multi-award-winning beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones, general editor of the bestselling 1001 Beers to Try Before You Die and author of several other books about beer. He is Secretary of the British Guild of Beer Writers and travels regularly to many different countries as a beer judge, writing and tasting as he goes. This carefully researched collection is a must-have for anyone seeking to taste the best beers from around the world. Easily accessible, these beers represent all the major beer styles, from bitters and stouts to pale ales and IPAs, lagered beers such as pilsener and wheat beer to Belgian lambics and trappist beers. From the light and refreshing Adnams Broad Side to the whisky-tinged Harviestoun Ola Dubh in the UK to US classics such as Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and knock-your-socks-off highly hopped Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, discover a beer world that is rich in flavour and diversity. If you' ve never tried a Belgian trappist ale, then Westmalle Triple will tickle your taste buds, or for summer thirst quenching, take a sip of Camden US Hells or German Schneider Weisse. Whatever your palate, this book provides a pleasing beer to discover and enjoy, for any occasion.
As craft brewing becomes increasingly inventive, with new beers demonstrating remarkable complexity, one region of the United States is particularly notable for its fascinating brewing scene: the Northeast. New England and the Mid-Atlantic boast some of America's most interesting craft breweries--there, beer lovers can discover exceptional brews, lively taprooms, spectacular views, and many other qualities that make the Northeast a must-visit region for anyone interested in craft brewing. In "The Great Northeast Brewery Tour," beer expert Ben Keene introduces readers to sixty two of the most incredible breweries in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. Breweries like Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine, and Smuttynose Brewing Company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, allow visitors to tour the facilities, offering an inside look at how great beers are created. Places such as Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, where visitors can try delicious Belgian food to accompany Belgian-style ales, and Harpoon Brewery in Boston are surrounded by stunning landscapes. Each brewery discussed is unique and special, much like the region's brewing heritage. Brewery profiles include interesting facts about each brewery and its history, along with useful practical information like directions, nearby accommodations, and local dining options that highlight craft beer. Spectacular full-color photography accompanies each profile, and sidebars throughout the text provide supplementary information on tasting methods, beer styles, and more. "The Great Northeast Brewery Tour" is an ideal resource for anyone interested in beer, whether you're planning a trip across the Northeast or simply curious to learn more about the region's innovative beer scene.
In the age of craft beer, the varieties seem endless. From floral IPAs to rich porters and stouts, and tart lambic ales to gluten-free options, there is a beer for every taste. Food on Tap is an accessible guide to using these delicious brews to add complex flavour and exciting twists to classic and new recipes. Beautiful original photography will have your mouth watering, so pour a draft and get ready to cook with beer.
Jamil Zainasheff is a perennial award winner at the National Homebrew Competition finals and winner of over 500 brewing awards across all style categories. In this book he teams up with home-brewing expert John J Palmer to share award-winning recipes for each of the 80-plus competition styles. Using extract-based recipes for most categories, the duo gives sure-footed guidance to brewers interested in reproducing classic beer styles for their own enjoyment or to enter into competitions.
The Brewer's Tale is for anyone who, drinking a beer, has wondered how the past tasted. Part travelogue, part history, part culinary adventure, beer critic William Bostwick uncovers the stories behind the brewers who have practised their craft since the dawn of civilisation. Beer by beer Bostwick tells a history of the world through the brewer's eyes, unearthing recipes from poems and potsherds to re-create these beers and their long-lost flavours. Jumping through time as he weaves ancient lore with today's craft scene, Bostwick meets adventurous brewers who share his path, trading insight, recipes and ingredients like home-grown hops and wild, Nile Delta yeast. The Brewer's Tale is history told in the glass, from tongue-numbing mead to sour pediococcus-laced lambic.
Craft beer is about innovation, discovery and interpretation. Home-brewing is about all that and more! As the beer scene changes, so do the beer styles we know and love. Grandmaster Beer Judge Gordon Strong takes you on a guided journey of discovery in Modern Homebrew Recipes that include the latest BJCP style changes. Following a primer on specific beer brewing techniques, recipe formulation fundamentals, and how to adapt recipes to your system, Strong shares over 100 distinctive recipes.
John Barleycorn must die-so everyone agrees from the ploughmen to the tinker in this exquisitely illustrated edition of the old English ballad. But who will prove to be the strongest man at last? Hand-colored woodcuts by artist Mary Azarian bring the tale of John Barleycorn to a new and glorious life, just like old Sir John himself. There are exquisite details on every page from the ploughing, sowing, harrowing, scything, tying, and grinding-until, finally, the drinking and celebrating. This ballad of how barley becomes beer dates back to the 16th century though the underlying theme of nature's cycle dates back to pagan times. However old the story, the mystery and celebration of the earth's cycles at the core of the tale still resonants strongly today. And as befits the tradition of the ballad, a bathtub beer recipe is included as well. Mary Azarian is a renowned New England illustrator and printmaker. Of her A Farmer's Alphabet, School Library Journal said, "Azarian eschews the merely cute or quaint, creating a loving memorial to a way of life." That be said equally of this, her book for adults, The Tale of John Barleycorn: Or From Barley to Beer.
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