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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454906472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454906476
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Beaumont is an international figure in the beer world and has authored, coauthored, or contributed to a dozen books, including the pioneering A Taste for Beer (Storey Books) and The Beerbistro Cookbook (Key Porter Books), the latter based on the beer-focused cuisine of the Toronto restaurant he cofounded. He is also a prolific journalist and has written hundreds of articles and columns for publications as diverse as the International Herald Tribune and Whisky Advocate. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
 
Tim Webb is a renowned beer writer in Europe and North America who focuses on Belgian and international craft brewing. He's compiled eight editions of Good Beer Guide Belgium and cowrote 100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die (both CAMRA Books) and LambicLand (Cogan and Mater Ltd). Webb writes for Beer Advocate Magazine in the US and is managing editor of his own niche publishing company. He lives near Cambridge, England.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren on September 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
Do you have big pockets? You might need one to hold this massive guide to some of the best beers in the world. Deep pockets might also be needed if you have to travel to tick off each brew you've sampled.

The book sets out to be the "definitive guide" to over 3,000 beers with the authors aided by a team of international beer experts to deliver an interesting series of tasting notes, ordered by country, so you have a tourist's guide to what beers you might find on your travels. Finding an outlet that has the magical liquid, however, is up to you!

No doubt there will be debate amongst beer purists about the ordering of the countries. Is there a sub-conscious decision at play to put Europe first and then why Belgium ahead of England... Perhaps a pure alphabet-ordered listing by country might have been fairer and more logical. No doubt a couple of beer buffs could debate this point endlessly over many pints (or litres) of beer. But before one gets to the (written promise of) beer, first there is a great, simple but engaging introduction to beer, beer types, beer culture and even beer pairings amongst many other nuggets of information. Then, cue fanfare, one can start to drill down by brewery name within each country section. Many arguments might follow though as a quick look at a few breweries and some of the favoured tipples of this reviewer are missing. Fuller, Smith and Turner of London, England, for example, are well known and admired for many of their beers including "London Pride" yet it seems to be conspicuous by its absence. No doubt you cannot please all of the people all of the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Blackburn on March 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
Synopsis: The authors present detailed bio and "taste" information on some of the world's greatest microbreweries. Can't forget the calendar of beer festivals from around the world!

My rating: 5 Stars

My opinion: An absolute must buy for beer connoisseurs. Although the greater majority of people wouldn't be able to visit all the breweries listed, the information was amazing and incredibly detail oriented.

I loved the breakdowns of beers for various meals and dishes. I must admit the dessert and breakfast recommendations were kind of shocking.

I found it absolutely amazing, particularly as a rare beer drinker, the ratings/traits/breakdowns in regional/"local" beers,such as one would see in wine books.

This book was so detailed, yet so concise. I kept thinking of those travel books that critiques hotels and such.

Source: Sterling Publishing for Review

Would I recommend? : Oh yeah, this was just a fun book on many levels.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 3, 2014
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I bought this for my husband paired with the Beer Journal Set and he LOVES both of them. This book is very informative on every single type of beer out there. It's small enough to take with you too which is great. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about beer.
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An interesting resource. A lot of beers from all around the world are rated. Pretty good selection from the US arranged by region. Wish I was planning an around the world tour.
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