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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060758147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060758141
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charlie Papazian is the founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the Association of Brewers and the current president of the Brewers Association. The creator of the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, he is the founding publisher of the magazines Zymurgy (for homebrewers) and The New Brewer (for professional craftbrewers). He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Sandra, and daughter, Carla, where he still avidly homebrews lagers, ales, and honey meads.

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Charlie P does a great job on this book!
Trevor L. White
Mr. Papazian has a very conversational style of writing that works very well for this kind of book.
David Huber
The book continues sort of like that until the end.
Dr. Beer

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Huber on May 1, 2007
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Charlie Papazian is the homebrewer apostle best known for authoring "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing". He is also the founding president of the American Homebrewers Association and the originator of the Great American Beer Festival. In many ways he might be considered the father of the American microbrew renaissance that began in the 1980s and exploded in the 1990s (a good deal of the people who run and operate microbreweries started as homebrewers, and a number of them got their start with "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing"). He is certainly very adventurous and a wonderful beer enthusiast. Though "only" an amateur homebrewer who brews 5 gallon batches at a time like the rest of us, his stature, position, and impressive resume has opened doors to him all over the world to lecture, visit, and just have a beer. This book is a diary of sorts of these travels over the last twenty-five or so years.

Though the book is presented as a travelogue, it is not organized chronologically. It is divided into three parts: "Microbrewed: American Style", "Microbrewed: The World", and "Recipes". The first two sections are divided into chapters, which are further divided into short topics such as a visit to a brewery or to see a brewmaster. These short topics are only two to six pages long, so the book is very easy to read in spurts, or during brief interludes such as on a lunch break or on a plane.

What made this book special to me is that almost every short topic ends with a recipe that covers the kind of beverage discussed in that topic. These recipes were either given to Charlie by a brewmaster he visited, or (most often the case) a recipe he came up with that best approximates the brew.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 1, 2006
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Like many, Papazian's "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" helped introduce me to making my own beer. So when I saw his latest book at my local bookstore, I felt it deserved a look. In this volume, he brings his readers on a tour of the microbreweries and early beer festivals that helped create the commercial craft-brewing landscape that a youngster like me (27) can take for granted at times. The added bonus is that for each one of his anecdotes or reminiscences he includes a homebrew recipe (in both all-grain and malt extract versions). Often these recipes are recreations of early versions of classics like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Redhook Ale (I can't wait to brew the recipe for the original, more flavorful Killian's). Other recipes push the envelope like a "Belgian" stout or Pumpernickel Rye Stout.

Much like Garrett Oliver's "Brewmaster's Table" or Michael Jackson's "Beer Companion", this book offers a spirited look into the delicious world of craft beer. Not a comprehensive history, but a fun romp through American craftbrewing past and present (as well as some recent international beer adventures). I highly enjoyed this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brett on December 20, 2005
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The book reinforces the fact that Charlie is the godfather of beer!

Charlie tells some fun tales about the rebirth of microbrewing in the U.S. while intermingling some fantastic recipes. I highly recommend this read for any beer enthusiast!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Beer on April 5, 2008
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There's no one quite like Charlie Papazian. He's unpretentious, original, funny, and a very good writer. This book is a great read from start to finish. From the first paragraph in the introduction he gets you smiling as he tells you about his first homebrew, "an amber beer brewed in the basement of a . . . preschool and day care center." He must know how funny he is, but he never seems to crack a smile.

The book continues sort of like that until the end. Fifty great stories about beer, some from America, most from elsewhere, each with a homebrew recipe. But you would be mistaken, I think, to consider this book a mere collection of stories and recipes. Papazian is painting a picture, it seems, and each story and each recipe is like a brush stroke. We all chuckle at the one-liners about how beer is proof of God's existence and so forth, but it seems that Papazian might really believe that there's some sort of truth to that kind of thing. After you see the picture he "paints" with these stories, you might think so too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bbj712 on February 26, 2008
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Papazian, who does a great job, is back at it. I have to say that I like this books of his the best for its readability. I know, the first two were mainly for reference and how-to, but still, this is a great way to introduce someone to the many styles and types of beers. I have to agree with the earlier reviewer who said that the American portion is partially about his visits and partially about his fame. While in other nations, it is more about the beer. Very good read for those looking to expand their views about beer and its many faces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kuya pat on June 26, 2014
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this review serves as a reality check to the 2 star review: a book review sort of, kind of, implies that you have actually read the book. I'm just saying. you admit that you only read "a few pages" out of a 392 page book, but on that absurd basis you have concluded that it "rambles" and it is "tiresome and boring". what I like about this book and all of Charlie's books is that the man writing the books is the exact opposite of a beer snob. as craft brewing has become ubiquitous and local home brew clubs are multiplying faster than properly pitched yeast, the man who is partly responsible for much of this beer renaissance is still down to earth, and still advocating a personal preference for quirky (not-technically-perfect) beers, including home brews, over mass-produced factory-made, stylistically-precise soul-less brews. when so many others are getting so technical and precise and scientific with their approach to beer, Charlie Papazian still looks at it as 'there are no mistakes in homebrew, only variations'. and that's the way his books come across. I learned a lot from this man. I brewed my first homebrews almost 30 years ago because of this man. he's got a great writing style.
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Charlie Papazian is one of the most prominent and recognized names in the world of beer and brewing. His published commentaries provide insights into the industry, advice to homebrewers, and beer perspectives for beer drinkers. Since founding the American Homebrewers Association and Association of Brewers in 1978, he has helped guide the development of the association. He is currently the President of the Brewers Association, whose activities include:

The American Homebrewers Association
World Beer Cup
The Great American Beer Festival
Brewers Publications (books)
www.brewersassociation.org, www.homebrewersassociation.org, www.craftbeer.com.
Founding publisher and regular contributor of Zymurgy (the magazine for homebrewers) and The New Brewer (the magazine for small, independent craft brewers).

In his worldwide travels, he has been both lecturer and presenter at such prestigious events as: The World Beer and Beverage Forum in Munich, National Press Club, Master Brewers Association of the Americas, American Society of Brewing Chemists, Institute of Brewing Asia-Pacific, BrewTec Tokyo, International Craft Beer Conference Japan, AHA National Conference, National Craft Brewers Conference, Chef des Chef International Trade Show, National Restaurant Association, Pizza Today Exposition, Great American Beer Festival, Nightclub and Bar Expo, Canadean's International Beer Seminars, Amsterdam, Slow Food's Salone del Gusto in Italy, BRAU Beviale Germany, Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, Rüdiger Ruoss' Sommertage Workshops in Berlin, U.S. Senator Max Baucus 2013 Montana Economic Forum and many other professional and hobbyist events.

He is author of five best-selling books (1,300,000+ copies) published by HarperCollins Books: Microbrewed Adventures (2005), The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, 4th Edition (2014), The Home Brewer's Companion, 2nd Edition (2014), Home Brewer's Gold (1997), The Best of Zymurgy (1998), and The Interactive New Complete Joy of Home Brewing CD-ROM. He is the National Beer Examiner for www.Examiner.com

He is founder of National Pie Day.

Member: Master Brewer Association of the Americas, American Society of Brewing Chemists, Institute of Brewing & Distilling, Member Advisory Board German Society of Hop Research, Slow Food International, Juror Slow Food Award, Slow USA, Bier Convent International, Honorary Member Asociación de Cerveceros Artesanales de la República Argentina and Honorary Member Asociación de Cervecerias Artesanales de Chile, New Member of the Class of 2011 Army War College & participant in 2011 U.S. National Security Seminars.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, 1972 University of Virginia.

He lives in the Boulder, Colorado area with his wife Sandra and daughter Carla, where he avidly brews lagers, ales, and honey meads. For more information about the Brewers Association activities see www.brewersassociation.org, www.homebrewersassociation.org, www.craftbeer.com.

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