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The global history of beer is presented in this engaging and attractive volume. Excellent color photographs accompany the text, which offers information on buying and drinking beer, as well as a geographic survey of beers around the world. Other topics covered include the various types of beer, brewing methods and technologies, trends, brands, and more. Beer aficionados will enjoy reading the tasting notes for more than 500 beers, while newbies will learn quite a bit about the origins and complexities of beer. Public and academic libraries will want this for their circulating collections. --Rebecca Vnuk

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"The ultimate glossy resource. The authors cover beers from over 35 countries, and include tasting notes for over 500 international beers. Maps and color photographs take beer-loving readers on a comprehensive, fact-filled tour." -- Publishers Weekly ("This Holiday Season's Standout Beer Books.")
 
"The global history of beer is presented in this engaging and attractive volume. Excellent color photographs accompany the text, which offers information on buying and drinking beer, as well as a geographic survey of beers around the world. Other topics covered include the various types of beer, brewing methods and technologies, trends, brands, and more. Beer aficionados will enjoy reading the tasting notes for more than 500 beers, while newbies will learn quite a bit about the origins and complexities of beer.” —Booklist
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402789610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402789618
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 11.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once described as "beerdom's Brillat-Savarin," Stephen Beaumont is today one of the world's most authoritative voices on beer, as well as a widely recognized writer on spirits, food and travel.

As co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer (2012), published in ten international editions, and two editions of The Pocket Beer Guide (2013, 2014), Stephen has amassed an unparalleled understanding of what's going on in the fast-paced and expanding world of beer today. If there is good lager or ale to be had, whether in San Francisco or Singapore, Montreal or Milan, Stephen knows about it, and has most likely sampled it!

When he is not writing about or tasting beer and spirits, Stephen travels the world talking about them, at a beer dinner in Dallas, a festival in São Paulo or a competition in Brussels. He has worked with a large number of corporations, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the Walt Disney Company, Scenic Tours and Crystal Cruises, among many others, and appears regularly at conferences such as VIBE and the International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event. In 2009, his influence was recognized with the Cheers Magazine "Raising the Bar" award for his "noteworthy and sustained contribution to the world of beverage alcohol."

In addition to The World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Book, Stephen has authored or co-authored six others and contributed to almost a dozen more. These titles include: two editions of The Great Canadian Beer Guide; The beerbistro Cookbook, based on the food of the Toronto beer cuisine restaurant he co-founded; the new Handbook of Porters and Stouts; and the literary tribute to legendary drinks writer Michael Jackson, Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser.

Stephen also authors regular columns for numerous publications and contributes to many others, including Whisky Advocate, City Bites, the Celebrator, Taps, Fine Cooking, Saveur and DRAFT Magazine.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By motlalekhotso on September 19, 2012
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The amount of attention paid to cocktails, whiskey, wine, and others is a flood compared with the drips and drops of books on beer. Instead, beer enthusiasts depend on festivals, magazines, blogs, beer labels and other random sources to learn about the world of beer. Now, however, we have a new and wonderful resource that will be a companion on my beer journeys, whether they go from the fridge to the couch or across oceans.

Beaumont and Webb build on Jackson's classic 35-year-old World Guide to Beer. They cover basics like charting where beer comes from, how it's made, what goes in it, who makes it, and, most interestingly to me, where it's made. Open up the book to a random page or look up a specific term--either way you're going to come out of the book knowing more than when you went in.

The scope is broad, yet focused. It succeeds in drawing a clear and detailed portrait of where brewing is around the world today. Maps, pictures, charts and other graphics help keep interest high and get a lot of important information out there.

It's amazing to me how clearly the authors document the explosive and ongoing growth that is occurring in beer consumption, creation, and distribution. We can now enjoy more beer varieties from more breweries in more countries than ever. We are truly blessed with beer today, and this book celebrates the craft beer revolution for which I am very, very grateful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mike on October 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I finished this book a little while ago after getting my first copy at the Great Canadian Beer Fest. As was suggested this is indeed an excellent snapshot of who's brewing what and where in the world as of when it went to print. It surely opened my eyes and now serves as a great guide to go in search of new beer as I travel.

This book is very nicely written with plenty of lovely photographs throughout. In this brand new age of excellent beer reference material i.e. the "Oxford Companion to Beer" and "The Brewmasters Table" this book does a great job of filling in the beer fan and the curious as to who's out there brewing and where we can find it travelling the world.

The neophyte is not forgotten here as the book starts out with descriptions of what beer is, how it's made, and a summary of its history. Even for seasoned veterans in the world of beer the quality of writing still keeps these topics engaging. What follows is a wealth of research and information put down in a sensible guidebook fashion that the reader can enjoy cover to cover or open at any page.

It is amazing to see where we have come since Michael Jackson wrote his first look at the world as it pertains to beer 35 years ago, and if the authors are right the future looks pretty bright.

Well done gentlemen, thank you for taking the time to put this together for all of us out here in beer land, I for one appreciate the obvious amount of work you put into this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arobles on November 12, 2012
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I have been waiting for this book to come out for some time and it was definitely worth the wait. Very comprehensive guide to beer for the novice and seasoned aficionado.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelby Johns on November 11, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for a male and he loved it! very informative with lots of locations that we want to try out someday!
Worth the buy!
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By Michael Jones on April 4, 2015
Format: Hardcover
The best part about this book is the maps! They're not jaw dropping maps, but do show what you need to know. The map of England and Wales breweries BEFORE 1990 (that are still extant) puts the "craft" revolution in some perspective. A map of the whole of Belgium, showing breweries, is very useful for a short trip to this essential country. However, the limited space to cover the world's beers does result in some short cuts. Not enough reference is made to beer culture in some countries over beer choice. To drink a beer in Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark or Ireland is to become at one with the people- rich or poor! To visit a pub/bar in England, Belgium, Portland or Bavaria is to engraciate yourself into a unique culture. So the book is a little obsessed with beer choice over beer culture and it is hard to not think that West Coast USA beer is what you have to brew to be a "real craft ale" brewery- according to the authors.
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By rebecca howard on January 19, 2013
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This book is a great read about different beers around the world! I gave it to my boyfriend for a Christmas present and he loved it. It tells you where the beers come from, what foods would be good paired with them, the different components in each beer and much more. Highly recommend if you are a beer connoisseur.
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By kim keith on January 21, 2013
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got this book for one of the doctors I work with and he loved it. This book is great for the beer drinker who loves all kinds of beer and has everything !!! It was bigger than I had expected and lots of pages and colored pictures !!! You will not be disappointed !!!
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By Ms P on September 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Purchased a signed copy from the authors at a book launch tasting dinner at Belgian Cafe in Philly as a gift for my brother. He read it cover to cover and loved it. I've picked it up and have also enjoyed the breadth of knowledge offered within. Highly recommended.
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