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History, humor and homebrewing converge when the creative and prolific mind of Randy Mosher explores the expressive side of beer in Radical Brewing.
Mosher sees homebrewingand by extension craft brewingas an antidote to corporate, mass-market beers. Over two decades of brewing and beer research, he has probed the depths of beer history in both his reading and his brewing. Radical Brewing displays the many unique ales and lagers that have resulted from his celebration of beer while serving as a vehicle for discussing a creative, "outside the lines" approach to modern brewing. Through it all, the reader is treated to Moshers irresistible love of beer and brewing as well as some very humorous asides on beer history.
The infectious spirit of homebrewing is hard to resist when one reviews Moshers recipe for "Electric Aunt Jemima Maple Buckwheat Ale," checks out the section on "(Not so Dumb) Blonde Ales" or chuckles through his fanciful description of the birth of beer featuring the ancient Harleh-riding Urs Angels. Best of all, the two-color visually rich content comes in self-contained segments that instantly engage readers no matter what page they turn to.
Typically, modern brewing books focus on the science of how to brewand Mosher has mastered all of that. But in Radical Brewing, he focuses on the creative, expressive opportunities available to those with a brew kettle. Each chapter offers techniques and recipes as well as ideas for independent exploration of new brewing frontiers. The result is a text that both informs and inspires experienced brewers while providing an engaging and intelligent introduction to the hobby for newcomers.
Famed beer writer Michael Jackson once called Mosher "some kind of homebrewing genius" and in the forward to Radical Brewing, he further lionizes this genius, saying "His activities are probably a threat to our morals. Passion, imagination and tenacity are a challenge to the established order." These two masters of beer have collaborated in the past, as Jackson notes when he tells how Mosher accurately recreated the flavor of a now-lost beer style that even Jackson had only once tasted himself. And though Jacksons accolades for Mosher are great, one can only imagine that they will pale as practicing brewers of all stripes begin to digest Moshers treasure-trove of beer ideas and render their own reviews of this delightful book.
The world desperately needs more Moshers. If only we had more Moshers, the Tasmanian tiger might return from extinction. Mike Tyson at his peak would be able to step into the ring with Muhammad Ali. We would be able to see and hear the great performers who pre-dated the recording of sound. I might even now be sipping a pre-Prohibition beer and checking whether Buddy Bolden could be heard across Lake Ponchartrain. Or I might be sampling Harwood's Porter in a London pub, or an India Pale Ale aboard a clipper heading for Calcutta.
Still reading but so far a great book for beer lovers who want to know more than just how to brew. Lots of historical insights on beers origins and impact on cultures old and new. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Shane
I bought these as gifts--really good book!!!! One of a kind!Published 12 days ago by amazon shopper
This book is not only tremendously useful for the adventurous brewer, but it's actually an interesting and informative read. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Nicholas Ross
Very informative and detailed information. A GREAT gift for someones interested in the history or brewing as well as lots of little nuances of information.Published 1 month ago by Natasha Reneau
Well written, interesting and amusing. To my relief it's not all about using weird ingredients. I will say that some of his advice seems dated or just wrong to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dkevinb
Randy takes away any fears you may have about brewing your first batch. Fun and easy to read.
Great at writing in layman's terms. Read more
This is a really good brewing book. Would be good for beginning and advanced brewers. Lots of history and a wide range of brewing styles. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christopher L. Reeves
Randy Mosher is a hero of mine. A stellar volume for any homebrewer. This is an advanced book and not for the complete beginner.Published 2 months ago by Wesley A. Moore