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Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink [Kindle Edition]

Randy Mosher
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Book Description

For everyone who has known the pleasure of a pint, Randy Mosher explores and explains the tasting experience, guiding readers to a better understanding of how every batch of beer is affected by recipe formulation, brewhouse procedures, yeasts, fermentations, carbonation, filtration, packaging, and much more. Readers will learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouth-feel of all the major beer styles. There are also chapters on proper serving and storage conditions, and classic beer and food pairings. Finally, the book includes a style-by-style compendium of the different brews within major beer families, including American craft brews, British lagers, German ales, and Belgian Dubbels. For each style, Mosher includes historical and regional facts, taste and aroma characteristics, seasonal availability, food pairings, and a few terrific recommendations for readers to sample.

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"A radical passion for brews." —Bob Townsend

From the Back Cover

Everybody knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it. Tasting Beer is a lively exploration of the culture, chemistry, and creativity that make craft beers so wonderfully complex. Heighten your enjoyment of every glass with an understanding of the finer points of brewing, serving, tasting, and food pairing.

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  • File Size: 3647 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Original edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PGQK7I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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195 of 212 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Current or Aspiring Beer Geeks November 23, 2009
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Before I review Randy Mosher's "Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink," let me give you a few calibration points so you can decide whether to take my opinions seriously or not. I definitely qualify as a serious beer geek. My travels around the U.S. nearly always involve visits to brewpubs. I'll drive hundreds of miles out of my way to have a pint of good craft brew, and I attend as many beer festivals each year as I possibly can. My favorite beers are Imperial stouts, barleywines and Imperial I.P.A.s, such as Alesmith's Speedway, Stone's Old Guardian and Moylan's Hopsickle (among many others). I enjoy the occasional Belgian (the funkier the better), and I consider Fat Tire to be an overly hyped "training-wheels beer" for people who don't know any better. I couldn't choke down a Bud, Coors or Miller if I were dying of thirst, and (yes, it's true) I tend to be a little snobbish toward people who are unwilling to expand their beer tastes beyond the Big Three. So, with that said, what did I think of "Tasting Beer?"

Well, there's a remarkable amount of information in its 247 pages, all of it presented in a very nicely integrated text-and-picture form. No matter what aspect of beer culture you're interested in, you'll find it covered to a useful level of detail in "Tasting Beer." Do you want to know more about the history of beer? It's in there, from 10,000 years BCE to the present, in a fascinating 22-page section. Do you want to improve your abilities to taste beer, and to accurately describe its qualities and complexity? It's in there--you'll learn how to distinguish 25 common flavors such as diacetyl, isoamyl acetate and fusels, and whether they're desirable or not. Are you interested in becoming more sophisticated in pairing beer with food?
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to the World of Beer April 2, 2009
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Randy Mosher has been well-known in serious beer and homebrewing circles for years. His earlier book, Radical Brewing, is a classic for anyone interested in brewing and a wondrous font of cool recipes for beers to brew at home. Tasting Beer is a much more approachable work, aimed more at the general audience of beer drinkers out there than at us "beer geeks". It provides a broad overview of styles, tips on pairing beer with food, proper glassware and serving techniques, historical perspectives, and even the basics of sensory evaluation of beer. Profusely illustrated, including many helpful charts and diagrams comparing various styles of beer, this really is an exceptional work. It would make a perfect gift for anyone who is at all interested in any aspect of modern craft brewing. I like to think I'm fairly well-read when it comes to beer, but I was still fascinated and picked up several new and interesting beer facts.

If you're at all interested in beer, don't miss this great new book!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some tasting beer and bunch of other stuff September 3, 2012
By J. Van
I found the book to be a good read overall from the perspective of it being a book about beer in general. It covers just about every aspect of beer but not in great detail. The first half of the book gives the reader a decent background about what one should expect when tasting beer. But I was a bit disappointed with the last half of the book.

The last half was mostly a catalog of beer styles and suggested beers to try. That's great but Mosher didn't describe what one might expect to taste when tasting those specific beers. After all, this is a book about tasting beer right?

So what are the expert opinions of Orval, Adventinus, or Okicum Palone? You will not find it in this book. Remember those judges sheets in chapter 5? Why aren't there any filled-out ones for the suggested beers? I would have much liked to have a detailed, in-depth expert analysis of key beers that are good for learning the nuances of tasting beer rather than a catalog of a bunch of beer suggestions.

A better title for the book would have been "About Beer".
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tasting Beer" is an industry must-read March 18, 2009
Mosher's latest dissertation upon beer is a must-have, not just for beer lovers, but for everyone in the business of "taste". This book gives you the vocabulary and the sensory methodology to objectively evaluate beer- but the tasting disciplines can also be applied to other beverages and foods. Detailed beer style descriptions abound and the work of organizing a tasting, pairing, or epicurean expedition is already done for you. A fun and interesting read. I highly recommend "Tasting Beer" by Randy Mosher.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for anyone interested in beer! February 25, 2009
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Randy Mosher is one of the most talented and knowledgeable beer writers. His first book, Radical Brewing, should be on the bookshelf of every homebrewer, and "Tasting Beer" brings it to beer drinkers in general.

If you're at all interested in really understanding beer, brewing, drinking, and eating with beer, this is the perfect start.

This should be a textbook for any restaurant even thinking of adding craft beer to their menu.

Highly recommended!

Michael Shannon
BJCP Certified Beer Judge
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Tasting Beer is a good all around introduction to the history, diversity, and enriching ways to explore beer.
While it might be useful to share with beer novices and help break quite a few stereotypes and misunderstanding, it is also a nice volume for beer aficionados with plenty of advice and insightful background.

If anything the book might suffer from some top-down style narrative. Mosher tries hard to be amicable and casual, and more often than not does it well, but his occasional cheekiness sometimes can have a patronizing undertone. And while certainly this is a book that emcompasses a broad Western global perspective of beer, he slips a few times adressing exclusively a US readership, which for obvious reasons I find limiting and unnecessary.

And yet, these flaws remain in the background of what is a quite recommendable book. While I am just a small aficionado, he supported and expanded those things that I felt comfortable in knowing already, and excited the senses to explore quite a few that I did not know about, or did not know at that level of detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent for beer basics and more
Published 2 days ago by Peter A. Bruenen
4.0 out of 5 stars Informatve Read
Learn your basics and beyond. Informative read
Published 9 days ago by Mighty Vital
5.0 out of 5 stars good chapters dedicated to the beers of certain regions
A very complete introduction to beer, with historical background on the origins and evolution of beer in different regions of the world; good chapters dedicated to the beers of... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jaime Raul Molina
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Excelente book for initiates and experts. A must have for all beer fans.
Published 11 days ago by Felipe Menezes
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Very educational and insightful, without being dry or boring. A very good tome for anyone wanting to learn more about the history and technique of brewing.
Published 14 days ago by Ryan Roach
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Published 27 days ago by Karen A. Finnegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative. Well written histories of types of beer ...
Very informative. Well written histories of types of beer. I glance at this book often to compare beer.
Published 1 month ago by cf
4.0 out of 5 stars Put down the beer and pay attention.
Very technical, was expecting something more light to read.
Published 1 month ago by R. Quesada
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I used this studying for the Certified Cicierone test. Passed in one try.
Published 1 month ago by Ben Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars My boyfriend is studying to become a cicerone and loves ...
My boyfriend is studying to become a cicerone and loves this book. Has read most of it in just a couple of days and has learned quite a lot
Published 1 month ago by Skye Maclean
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More About the Author

A master of brewing science, Randy Mosher (Chicago, IL) applies his restless curiosity and creative energy toward the art of brewing.

As a veteran and award winning brewer, Randy Mosher knows the rules of brewing and when to break them. He is the author of The Brewers Companion (Alephenalia Publications, 1994), the homebrewing columnist in All About Beer, a regular contributor to Zymurgy (the Journal of the American Homebrewers Association) and is a frequent lecturer on beer across the country. He is also on the board of directors of the American Homebrewers Association and the Chicago Beer Society.

With a background in advertising graphics, Mosher has been a creative force in homebrewing for more than 20 years. In Radical Brewing, he shares his many discoveries and secrets (try the recipe for Tangerine Porter) with an amusing tone and gently bent approach that will engage new brewers and captivate creative thinkers of all types.

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