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" could I not include a book full of beer. It looks so fancy on the cover, with a serving tray, when in reality, it’s usually lugged around on top of shoulders and slid across a bar table. However you purchase this delightful beverage, there is a variety of ways it can be served and if anyone were to create a list of brands, I believe the 1001 book people can do it! They always choose an eclectic group of pairings and I’m sure they’ll hit it out of the ballpark again with this collection as well!"

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Adrian Tierney-Jones is the editor of The Brewer’s Herald and the author of The Big Book of Beer. He received the 2006 Silver Award from the British Guild of Beer Writers and his work has appeared in The Brewers Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

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Product Details

  • Series: 1001 (Universe)
  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; 1st edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789320258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789320254
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay R. Brooks (March 3, 1959- ) was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and moved to Northern California in 1985. Brooks has been writing about beer for over 20 years, and is the former GM of the Celebrator Beer News and was the chain beer buyer for Beverages & more. He is currently a syndicated newspaper columnist for the Bay Area News Group with his bi-weekly column, "Brooks On Beer." He contributes to most major beer periodicals. Brooks studied brewing at U.C. Davis and has judged at the Great American Beer Festival, the Great British Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup and many other competitions, both local and international. His first book on beer was published in 1992, "The Bars of Santa Clara County: A Beer Drinker's Guide to Silicon Valley." He's also contributed entries to the "Oxford Companion to Beer," "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die," and also "The Pocket Beer Guide: The Essential Handbook to the Very Best Beers in the World." He co-founded SF Beer Week, the North American Guild of Beer Writers and started the Bay Area Beer Bloggers. He also writes about beer online for a variety of websites, including his own Brookston Beer Bulletin (

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Van Court VINE VOICE on July 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Neatly organized into amber, blond, white, dark, and specialty; crossed referenced by country and brewery, this book offers 1001 (trusting their count, I got too thirsty checking) beers that represent excellence, innovation, and the history of beer. The introduction provides an excellent lesson on the types of beer and how they are brewed (I finally understand the real difference between ale and lager), and then goes right into my new 'to-do' list. Each beer has a page with a country of origin, the first year of production, alcohol content, a recommended serving temperature, the brewery, the URL, a bit of history or relevance of the particular beer, and a paragraph on the tasting experience of the beer.

The 'tasting notes' are well written, clear and using objective language, but raise questions. Who provided peer review? How reliable are the descriptions? Have they been independently confirmed? This is my self-appointed mission. 936 beers to go. In the current sample, I have to report that the tasting notes have stood up to careful scrutiny and extensive field testing, and I have found nothing to disagree with yet.

I enjoyed the book, and must now return to "Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter"; "A deep ruby beer with chocolate, caramel, and sweet tobacco in the aroma. The taste is tangy and gently bitter..."

Yup, that one checks good.

E.M. Van Court
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. Dietrich VINE VOICE on February 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got 1001 Beers as a Christmas gift as it was on my Amazon Wish List. I have several other beer tasting suggestion books and allthough they were nice they were somewhat cheaply made. I figured this was going to be another cheap book that would be 2 or 3 beers per page with one or two lines about each beer. This could not have been further from the truth. This book is like a bible to beer fans the tasting notes are in depth and informative. The beers are oragnized and easily understood, allthough I tend to use the index to see find the ratings for my favorite beers (Stone, Laginitas and Dogfish). The pictures are excellent and there is some history about the beers that made the book an interesting read.

This is hands down the best book on beer I have ever read and I have read alot. I love beer and my travels always include stops to local stores to find beers on my bucket list. I collect pint glasses and have over 250 in my collection. I have an entire fridge dedicated to craft beers. I subscribe to both Draft Magazine and All About Beer. The reason I am saying this is that I feel I am more than qualified to judge a book about beer. With that being said 1001 is the best thing i have ever read about the subject! It is a book that I keep my nightstand and glance thru daily when I dream about finding elusive beers.

My only complaint is that 1001 beers is just too many and in my opinion some real dogs are included in this otherwise remarkable listing of beers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Doug Mosley on July 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Finally, here's one for the beer drinkers among us. Let me know if this is you: You long ago found yourself wanting something more from the standard American light lager that you'd been quaffing for years. You've dabbled in craft and micro brews that became all the rage back in the 90s and then you started to really reach out by getting online or buying these new beer lovers' magazines that regaled you with storied brews from around the globe. That led to tracking down these hard-to-find beers during business trips and personal travels. And next thing you know, you think of major cities in terms of your ability to locate these (i.e., New Orleans? Martin Wine Cellar has a great assortment of Belgian beers.).

Is that you? Yeah, it's me as well. OK, now that we've determined who are kindred spirits here, let me ask you this question: Do you have a "bucket list" of beers? You know what I mean, a list of beers that you're seeking out, checking off each one as you find them. Personally, I never had anything written down although I did sort of adopt that CAMRA book, "300 Beers to Try Before You Die", as my list. But now I've discovered that is just a starting place because there's a new book out, "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones ($36.95, Universe, 960 pp.).

As you would suspect of a book touting a list of this length, this book is massive! It is a chunk to pick up. But that's OK because it is so well done and entertaining to read. The theme behind it comes from a series of books by the publisher. Other titles in the series are (shortened for brevity's sake) "...Foods You Must Taste...", "...Wines You Must Taste...". "...Albums You Must Hear...", "...Book You Must Read..." and "...Building You Must See...".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NB- on October 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It is often that when we think of beers we think of the best things we love about them and how they are so great(or sometimes not so great), it is also that we try to sometimes compare beers familiarily by either taste, style or region. "1001 Beers" does a spectacular job of leaving the tasting to us and instead giving us the history and story behind the beers we love so much.

This book which is organized by style has something every beer connosieur and even an everyday beer drinker would love, and does a significant amount of work to touch on the subleties past simple taste that make beer such a special thing so close to our hearts. The entry for the beers in this book are quick, concise and tell the story of the brewery in a straight-forward style which allows us to as readers the chance to read entry after entry without feeling like were beeing sold a product. Amongst the greats talked about in this book are entrys from the greats Sierra Nevada,Dogfish Head, Guineness, Fullers, Sheaperd's Neame, Lieffman's, Hoegaarden, Schneider, Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, and Chimay; But its not just these that make the book so good(they make it great none-the-less), its all of the other breweries, the small ones and their beers and stories that make the whole journey seem like a pilgrimage to the beer holy land.

Certainly there are some disapointments talked about in the book like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Budweisser, but the stories of these beers are yet integral to the whole beer culture and to its very existence as such an important commodity, culturally and economically. Although the layout of the book is lacking order, where some beers are seperated by brewery(such as Guiness is found under St.
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