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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Savory House Press; 3rd UPDATE 2008 edition (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892588161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892588166
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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''Brutally honest, brilliant food-to-beer guide and a good deal of hilarious commentary. Studying it can only improve your beer''

-- Jim Wilmer, Beer Critic, Dayton Daily News

''Have you ever tried to remember the name of favorite craft brew from another city, but couldn't quite remember what it was, or why you liked it so much? Do you like to argue the merits of particular beers, and wish you had some info to back you up every now and then? Would you like a travel size, comprehensive Zagat-like guide to over 2,700 of the best beers the world has to offer? For a reasonable $9.95? If your answer is yes to any of the three questions above, buy a copy of The Beer Guide edited by RateBeer.com s long time editor Josh Oakes for a mere $9.95. The 296-page, 'The Beer Guide,' which fits nicely in a backpack or a back pocket, has short but authoritative descriptions on over 2,700 beers. The descriptions were edited and selected by Oakes from RateBeer.com's vast archive of public reviews. RateBeer.com has over 30,000 contributing members. The Guide also has a handy chapter on beer style descriptions, tasting notes, and food/beer tasting guide. 'The Beer Guide' could earn a permanent place in your bathroom, briefcase, or bar top. It also will make for a good stocking stuffer this Christmas.''

-- Patrick Orr, ''The Beer Nut,'' The Idaho Statesman, Boise

''The Beer Guide has a great beer-food pairing cheat sheet.'' ----Don Russell, ''Joe Six Pack,'' Philadelphia Daily News

''It allows you to take along the thoughts of 30,000 RateBeer.com contributors in an easy to carry package. The book also includes a beer and food pairing guide by Stan Hieronymus. The neat thing about the book is that you can quickly get ratings for everything from Schlitz Malt Liquor (one star: 'It's like watching a mime get run over') to Westvleteren Abt 12 (five stars: 'Wonderfully madeirized malt with raisins, prunes and dates in aroma and nice spices wafting through.').''

--Rick Lyle, Lyke 2 Drink Blog

''''The Beer Guide has a great beer-food pairing cheat sheet.'' ---- Don Russell, ''Joe Six Pack,'' Philadelphia Daily News --Peter LaFrance, columnist, ''Beer and Food''

''Raise your beer brainpower: The latest edition of Web site RateBeer's 'The Beer Guid;' is just out as a pocket-sized edition from Fort Worth's Savory House Press, with tens of thousands of beer drinkers putting together Zagat-style reviews, often dead-on and perceptive and sometimes hilarious, like this zing at Pabst's NA: 'Smells absolutely awful, rotting vegetables, festering bread and regurgitated corn.;' The little publishing house, incidentally, is run by Barry Shlachter , who in another life is a highly decorated reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram'' --Patrick Beach, Austin American-Statesman

''Some beer drinkers like to read. For them, a good resource is: 'The Beer Guide,' edited by Josh Oakes, which describes and rates 2,700 domestic and imported beers.'' --Dick Kreck, Denver Post

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A great buy for any beer lover.
W. Dietrich
It's concise ratings and descriptions give you just enough information to make an informed purchase of any beer you can find.
R. Daming
The perfect guide to bring into a wide-selection beer shop.
J. Scott

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Furiosi on November 26, 2006
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This is exactly what I need when I go to a beer store which has an extensive selection or see something at a local beer distributor which I have not recognized before. Before I printed out pages from the RateBeer web site of top beers but never had something I could hold in my hand. Now I have what is an exhaustive guide of what purports to have "2,700 domestic and imported beers" "sold in America."

Except for sections on types of beers, beers widely distributed in the US, beer rating and beer-food pairing, this is pretty much a graphic-less bare bones guide to beers that have been rated on [...] with selected quotes of descriptions from members and a star system instead of the numerical system used on the site.

Personally, I prefer the numerical system rather than the star system but I find the descriptions helpful. The introduction, however, seems misleading when it states that these ratings reflect the consensus of the whole community on each beer because there are many beers which have less than 100 ratings in this guide. Yes, the community claims over 30,000 visitors but I think they should have mentioned how many people rated each beer.

Distribution seems to be another issue as the cover states these reflect imported beers and the Westvleteren beers are mentioned. The monks prohibit the sale of this beer outside of their abbey. Why not just create a guide that lists all the site's beers instead? Most of the beers are available at specialty beer shops from what I can see. Another minor glitch I saw was the listing of Wagner Valley as in Lodi, NJ instead of NY. One other criticism I have is that sometimes beers are listed by the name and sometimes by brewery.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arch Llewellyn on February 4, 2007
In case you haven't heard, beer's the new wine, and RateBeer's been guiding drinkers of Milwaukee's finest through the microbrew revolution for seven blurry years. "The Beer Guide" basically puts the best of the website in your pocket, with reviews of nearly 3,000 brews that range from Bud Ice to Zywiec Porter. Everything's ranked alphabetically, with an easy (if brutally honest) five-star rating system, listing of alcohol content, and short descriptions that are as funny as they are informative.

I especially liked the section in front with brief, helpful definitions of the different styles of beer (a crash course on learning your lagers from your lambics) and a Food-to-Beer pairing guide in the back that suggests, wine-style, what brews go best with which meals. There's also a Judging Sheet in the back to help get your own tasting chops up--you too could be a RateBeer star. Sized to fit in the palm of one hand (presumably with a pint in the other), it's the ideal guide for sudsers of any level looking to elevate their game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Dietrich VINE VOICE on March 17, 2009
I love beer and always look forward to trying new ones. Nevada the state I live in does not have a great selection, so I am forced to buy beer when I travel. Than I run into the problem so many new beers and I have to transport them back home. This is where the Beer Guide comes in, they do a great job rating beers and I can pull out the Beer Guide for ideas on what to get. I find my tastes run smiliar to the Beer Guide's raters and have never been disappointed.

No Beer Guide will be complete and it is important to get something that is current as beers change over time or go out of business. The Beer Guide is current and comprhenisive. A great buy for any beer lover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2009
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This ultra-simple directory of all beers you're likely to find for sale in North America (both foreign and domestic) has a typical beer-snob bias toward heavy, sweet and strong top-fermented brews with a corresponding dismissal of light lagers and pilsners. You already know what's in here, so why do we need yet another reviewer telling us that Chimay Blue is perfect and Budweiser is plonk?

The 1-to-5 star rating system is entirely subjective, of course, and there's not a hint of text in here about prices, places to buy, glassware, or the brewing process. Also, keep in mind that this is a beer guide, not a pub guide. Generally, a waste of money.

Spend a little more and buy THE BEER BOOK, which is truly an excellent guide and a joy to browse.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Daming on March 29, 2007
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This book is great for several reasons. 1) It has a listing for nearly every beer you can find in the best beer stores anywhere in North America. 2) It is small enough to keep in your glove box and take INTO the liquor store with you. 3) It's concise ratings and descriptions give you just enough information to make an informed purchase of any beer you can find.

If you want a book that will help you buy good beer, this is it. No history, no fancy pictures, just the information that you need. It's like the beer encyclopedia. VERY useful!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Dektas on January 17, 2008
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I bought this for my fiancee for Christmas and he likes it so much he wants to take it into beer stores with him to evaluate what beers he wants to get. For the beer lover this is a great buy. Well worth the price paid too.
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