About the Book
Boutique Beer is the must-have book that every beer connoisseur will need to own. Ben McFarland's in-depth knowledge and extensive travels means his beer hunter's antennae is perfectly primed to seek out the brews, the brewers and the insider knowledge that inform the world's finest premium ales. An introductory section, The Knowledge includes evaluating and tasting beers; a study of the craft in cans; the acute importance of glassware; a guide to ingredients such as hops, yeast and grain. The Beers section divides into types of ale and includes bottom-fermented brews, old school classics, extreme-strength sipper beers to relish, wild yeast ales, premium pilsners and left-field lagers, hop monsters, beer cocktails, curiosities (unusual ingredients) and collaboration brews, in which two star brewers or breweries collaborate to create a unique, and sometimes challenging, beer. Ben McFarland is well known for his entertaining writing style, so slide yourself onto the bar stool of enlightenment, fill your glass and prepare to be amused, delighted and well-versed as you witness beer's esteemed revolution.
About the Author
BEN McFARLAND is a leading drinks experts and writer. He has been named the "British Guild of Beer Writers Beer Writer of the Year" on three occasions - the first time in 2004 as the youngest ever recipient. He regularly writes for a wide range of consumer and specialist beer magazines including the Jamie Oliver Magazine, The Guardian, Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, Imbibe, Draft Magazine and Time Out. Along with his business partner Tom Sanham, he is part of thethinkingdrinkers.com, @thinkingdrinkers.
My Take on the Book
This is a great collection of beers from around the world. As a fan of microbrews and other specialty beers, I have to say that I was really impressed with the breadth and depth of this book. There are so many beers out there from companies that I have never heard of and this book opened my mind to so many of them. Now the hard part is actually trying to find many of them here in Michigan! If you love beer, this book is a great book that will definitely give you a ton of information as well as open your eyes, not only to the differing beers, but the differing companies, their histories and so much more!
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