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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764165747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764165740
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A glass in one hand and a pen in the other, Ben's writing deftly captures the passion, humor, and insight from the front line of the global craft brewing revolution." Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, Mikkeller

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Boutique Beer captures the people, the places, and the passions that have inspired a worldwide craft brewing revolution. More than just another compendium of the globe's greatest brews, this book ventures off the well-trodden drinking path and takes the adventurous beer connoisseur deeper into the world of today's most compelling craft brewers.



Celebrating both the characters at the cutting edge of the contemporary craft beer scene and the pioneers of the past that inspired them, Ben McFarland's imbibing adventure stretches from Amsterdam's Red Light District to the far-reaches of the Faroe Islands via ale-making iconoclasts of Oregon, Danish gypsy brewers, some monks (obviously), and law-bending, lederhosen wearing Bavarians. There's even a guy who makes beer from his beard.



The award-wining writer talks of the tales and the tastes of more than 500 beers ranging from the legendary lambics and heinously hopped India Pale Ales to sublime session brews, sexy stouts, cellar-dwelling Barley wines, funky farmhouse beers, sours and saisons, beer made with wild yeast, barrel-ages beers, and more.



Amusing, enlightening, and absorbing, Boutique Beer belongs on the bookshelf of discerning drinkers everywhere and assures that you will never look at your beer in the same way again.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a nicely done book that contains a wealth of information not just on specific beers (though it does that) but on much more besides. Beginning with a discussion of the components of beer as well as the glassware (e.g., pilsner, tulip, goblet, flute), "Boutique Beer" then gives brief descriptions of some 500 beers of just about every major type, from lambic and gueuze to pilsners to stouts to belgian tripels, etc., etc. Scattered throughout are various brewery profiles, which include descriptions of the breweries and the brewmasters. Helpful suggestions are given of what foods to pair with various of the beers. A fairly detailed and helpful index is included.

"Boutique Beer" is nicely put together with many many pleasing full-page color photos of beers, breweries, and the like. This is a great book for one's own use or to give to a friend who is interested in craft brewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Dudzik on May 6, 2014
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This book has very good descriptions of the beers and the author has a very casual writing style that includes a very good sense of humor, however the author (who is British) distributes the beers all across the world and only a small fraction are American or Canadian beers. If your objective in buying this book, like mine, is to find the recommended beers then you will be disappointed because the actual number of these 500 beers that are going to be available to the average American is very limited.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goober on February 10, 2014
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The most delicious beer encyclopedia ever - thirsty work reading through and investigating such a well researched and well written book. Most enjoyable!
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