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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156884865X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568848655
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,820,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The phrase "beer for dummies" may ring redundant in a world where wine snobbery has made "beer education" sound more like an oxymoron than a worthwhile endeavor. Yet the mass-produced fizz-water that commonly passes for beer is really an unrepresentative descendent of the classic European pilsner style--just one of more than 20 categories of beer recognized by modern brewers. Beer for Dummies is a terrific reference for those beer lovers who might be surprised or enticed by beer's oft-forgotten diversity.

In the down-to-earth, light-hearted tone typical of the For Dummies series, Marty Nachel covers most--if not all--of the beer lover's terrain. Sections on defining, enjoying, buying, making, and "going nuts over" beer comprise the balance of the book, but even more information follows by way of reference: you'll learn about beer and brewing clubs, beer history, collector's info, and more. The advanced topics may be spread a bit thin by the book's breadth, but the neophyte beer enthusiast has much to glean from such a broad overview. Those to whom "hops" and "mashing" still sound like terms for teen revelry should give Beer for Dummies a chance to redefine their idea of beer. --Todd Gehman

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Are you overwhelmed by the selection of beers available at your local pub or favorite restaurant? Do you know the difference between a lager and an ale? Would you like to try brewing your own beer but are too afraid that you'd blow up the kitchen? Well, fear no more!

Beer For Dummies is your prefect introduction to the world of beer, covering everything from microbrews to homebrewing -- with tips for how to match beer with food, how to pour and store beer properly, and how to enjoy your beer at its fullest!

Inside, you'll find barrels of information on how to:

  • Taste beer and evaluate its hops, malt, color, and clarity
  • Decipher beer labels and read a beer menu like a pro
  • Understand the "technical stuff" about beer and homebrewing techniques
  • Recognize the characteristics of ales, lagers, and other beer styles
  • Try beers from all over the world
  • Pour, store, and drink beer from the right kinds of glassware
  • Brew your own beer in the basement or kitchen
  • Locate cool beer festivals, tastings, and events held around the world
  • Join beer clubs or associations and subscribe to beer publications, online forums, and more

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1997
Format: Paperback
I have been an avid homebrewer now for about three years and, in that time, I have accumulated my share of books on the subject of homebrewing. "Beer for Dummies" has more tidbits of information than any other. However, the book is written in a style similar to an encyclopedia so if you are looking for a book that has novel-like reading appeal, you shold pass this one up. But if you want a book that reads like an almanac, loaded with lists, charts, and reference material, then this is the book for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1997
Format: Paperback
I've been a "serious" beer drinker for more than 20 years and I've just brewed my third batch. I wish I'd had this book 20 years ago. It's not that I didn't learn anything from it--I did--it just would have saved me about ten years of self education.

Beer for Dummies has a ton of very practical information on every aspect of beer--including enough to get you through a couple batches of homebrew, if you're so inclined. This is the book I will give to friends with a budding interest in beer--including those who think Coors Light is the last word in beer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
Like most of the "....For Dummies" series,
the book is a little irreverent, but an easy read. If you are
just starting in a learn-more-about-beer project, a good place to start.

If Coors Light is your idea of a great beer, look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Smeltzer on June 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I got into beer about five years ago when I discovered just how much the really good wines cost. I started by buying this book, and with over 1200 different beers sampled, and over a dozen batches brewed, I really appreciate the start it gave me. I've actually used some of the recipes (both for food and homebrewing). I've also utilized the lists of beer and brewpubs to help search out new adventures in beer. I think the thing that I appreciate the most is the breadth. Most beer books are specialized into lists and ratings of beer, or homebrewing, but this one has a comprehensive feel about. If you're just starting to get into beer, or you're thinking about it, I'd tell you to get this book before any others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on February 3, 2005
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This entry in the "Dummies" series is a book all about beer. It provides a good reference book for those who want to lookup facts and discover trivia about beer and the art of brewing; tasting and evaluation; cooking with beer; home brewing; and other topics.

The authors of this book write in a very matter of fact style. They use bulleted text, shaded boxes, and other eye- grabbing techniques throughout, making the book look like the layout of a long advertising piece. Plenty of lists and trivial facts can be found throughout the pages of the book, and the authors seem very interested in increasing your beer I.Q.

Some sections of this book probably deserve a little more coverage then they receive. Prohibition, one of the ugliest events in world history, receives less than one page of discussion. I guess the authors felt this wasn't significant to the modern- day enjoyment and understanding of malt beverages so they limited its allotted space.

This makes a good reference book for anyone who wants to know more about beer. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned veteran in the world of malt beverages, this guide will prove to be fun and educational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sparge on September 30, 2010
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This book contains good basic information about beer, the business of beer and how to begin homebrewing. You will need additional information to take your skills to the next level, but this book will get you started. Like most of the books in this series the information is clearly presented and easily understood by the novice. If you desire to learn more about beer, the foods it pairs with, the types and numbers of breweries, and the beers they produce this book is a great starting point.
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