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"Koch (coauthor, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.), cofounder and CEO of Stone Brewing Company, and freelance writer and beer judge Allyn have put together an in-the-trenches-with-greatness empirical guide to beer brewing. After laying the groundwork with extremely concise nuts and bolts (with charts, print and online references, a glossary, and ingredient profiles), the authors turn to guidance, as each element of the process or varietal character trait is broken down by experts and notables. Maestros from Summit, Russian River, Schneider & Sohn, Dogfish Head, BrewDog, Fuller, Captain Lawrence, and Tugwell spill on mash and lautering, bittering hops, ales, Belgian style, lambic, brewing with fruit, barrel aging, ciders, meads, and evaluating beer. Verdict: Just as a choice session brew is guided by mood, circumstance, and season, this book is designed to be browsed as your taste dictates—not necessarily read straight through. That said, it is not to be dismissed as casual—there is heady methodology, insight, a troubleshooting guide, and evidenced trial and outcome here. For those who see beer as a means, not an end. In the best possible sense, you will need a drink to get through this." —Library Journal Xpress Review
Matt Allyn is a freelance writer living, drinking, and brewing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He’s a certified, card-carrying beer judge, and has been homebrewing award-winning beers for six years. His writing has been published in Men’s Health, Draft, Zymurgy, Runner’s World, and Bicycling. And while he doesn’t have a favorite beer, he prefers whatever is fresh, seasonal, and in his hand. Visit his website at www.mattallyn.com.
This book was just as described. It's an unusual combination of deeply informative and casually entertaining. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Terry Lail
This book did not teach us a whole lot that we didn't already know as 10 year homebrewers but reading what brewers had to say was enjoyable and some of the pictures are a lot of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by cupofjojo
This book is not geared towards beginners, but for someone with some knowledge of brewing and who has read the books geared toward teaching homebrewers (Palmer or Papazian). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Patrick W.
If you were looking to learn some great tips from brewers do not buy this book. I was VERY disappointed with this to me worthless book.
You learn nothing new. Read more
This was requested by my son, a home brewer. He was excited to receive it as it is full of ideas and recipes for home brewing.Published 13 months ago by cookie2
I learned a ton from this book. It's an excellent companion piece to a typical "How to Brew" book and interviews with brewmasters who are clearly at the top of their game. Read morePublished 18 months ago by cpinck