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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1st American ed edition (October 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789435276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789435279
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Possibly the world's most famous beer writer, British author Michael Jackson has made an enviable living surveying the lure and the lore of this most democratic of beverages. His classic coffee-table textbooks, The New World Guide to Beer and Michael Jackson's Beer Companion, offer highly regarded overviews of the world's styles, traditions, and techniques. Along with a television documentary series, numerous articles in trade publications, and extensive touring, Jackson's guides have established the other Michael Jackson as one of the great promoters of great beer.

With Ultimate Beer, Jackson homes in on the particulars: which beer, when, and why. After a concise overview of brewing ingredients and processes, Jackson explores a myriad of beers from every corner of the brewing world. His suggestions are organized by the situation in which they might best be enjoyed: from summer sippers to winter warmers, aperitifs to nightcaps. Enticing photography of each beer and its packaging accompanies Jackson's tasting notes, brief technical info, and product-specific tidbits. Then, Jackson indulges further with chapters on matching particular beers to particular dishes, and follows that up with a brief guide to cooking with beer.

The guiding principle of Jackson's writing--that which he shares with any beer enthusiast--is that beer, like wine, is best enjoyed when served at the right time, in the right conditions, and with the right dish. This book is Michael Jackson's very personal attempt to point the way to enjoying that Ultimate Beer. --Todd Gehman

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"Mr. Jackson, an engaging British writer, has already established himself as a - perhaps the - hops authority... Another in the large-format, visually stunning Dorling Kindersley series of food and beverage books, Ultimate Beer is chock full of almost life size color photographs of beers from around the world, and text that is equally cosmopolitan... His descriptions are so vivid...he seems to enjoy cooking as much as he does drinking. Instead of joining him at the pub, maybe you'd rather follow him home around supper time." -- New York Times

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I hope you enjoy this book as much I do.
Oskar Norlander
This is a large, coffee-table sized book on nice, glossy paper with beautiful photos and graphics.
magellan
Michael Jackson is by far the world's best beer critic.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a large, coffee-table sized book on nice, glossy paper with beautiful photos and graphics. Those of you who know Jackson as a beer and scotch writer need no introduction to him, but for those of you who won't, Jackson has authored numerous books on single-malt whisky and beer and starred in and wrote the "The Beer Hunter" TV series, where he travelled the world in search of great beers.
Jackson puts his vast knowledge of beer to work in this very attractive work. There is a tremendous amount of enjoyable detail, history, tasting notes, and other information in this book. In contrast to some of his other books, this one is more topically organized--that is, there are sections on many of the different types and styles of beers, "Winter Warmers" (i.e., the bock beers), "Strong Ales," and "Belgian Wheats"-- and so on. Also interestingly, the later sections are on picking beers to go well with foods, and there are separate sections on seafood, beef, poultry, etc. These sections take up perhaps one-third of the book.
The layout and writing is well organized and fits well with the graphics on each page. Each section has an introductory paragraph or two to introduce the style of beer, giving the basic facts and some history. Then the rest of the area on each page shows photos of prominent examples of each beer with descriptions, including historical info on the brewery and tasting notes. Over 450 important beers are pictured and discussed, making this a veritable treasure trove of fun information on all types of beer. Overall another great beer book from Jackson, and if I had to pick one beer book from him to have, this would probably be it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on June 26, 1999
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"Ultimate Beer" by Michael Jackson, is a great book to acquaint the curious beer drinker with the unique characteristics and styles that are available. Beer is no longer the boring, "they all taste the same" beverage that it was in the United States for so long. Thanks to the microbrewing revolution, beer is now the equivalent of wine in respect to its diversity and its adaptability to many occasions.
The best part of this book is the illustrations. Each beer is presented in a section with similar beer styles, complete with a picture of the bottle and a picture of a glass filled with that particular brand of beer. There is also a food/occasion section with more pictures of beer along with the food that it best accomodates.
This book provides a good reference to the many styles of beer, the brewing process, and the compatibility of beer to any taste or occasion. Take notice: after you read this book and look at those full glasses of beer, you will have an uncontrollable urge to head to the nearest beverage store!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Oskar Norlander on June 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I own almost 10 books on beer, and this book has by far the best photographs in it. Hundreds of beers are shown in the bottle and in a full glass from the respective brewery. The beginning of the book has a nice intro to beer if you are not familiar with the process of brewing. The featured beers are chosen by the occasion which suits the style of beer. I have tried about half of the beers featured and most of them have been excellent. Michael Jackson includes helpful information such as serving temp and alcohol content for each beer. I hope you enjoy this book as much I do.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phillip D. Williams on December 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This probably shouldn't be any beer lover's primary reference - the main emphasis seems to be on the pictures. Not, however, that there is anything wrong with that. The illustrations are mouth watering and worth the cost of the book. The text seems to aimed toward novices.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dengny@aol.com on October 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Wow! I can't imagine a better book than this is you love beer. The photographs are incredible and the text doesn't put you to sleep with a lot of unecessary detail.
The book is arranged by specific catagories so finding what your'e looking for is superbly easy. And the index is incredibly extensive.
Included with the decriptions are recipes, and tasting techniques which are quite informative. This book will definately get you to try something new.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE "Ultimate Beer." My friends at work have been passing it around and I doubt I'll ever get the book back. The recipes are unique and challenging and I plan to try some out when I can get the book away from my boss.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Morehouse on October 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a very handsome coffee table book that is great for casual reading while enjoying a fine beer. It is not a volume to raise your beer IQ by any appreciable degree. The "True Established Expert" should probably search for ale wisdom elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Michael Jackson's latest effort is yet another in a fine line in his series on beer and beer styles throughout the world. I had the opportunity to review an advance copy and it looks outstanding. "Ultimate Beer" acts as a visual almanac for each beer within each beer style which is something you don't get from his previous books.
I really must take exception to the review casting Jackson as a "joke" within the community. His literature and standing within the home brewing community indicates quite the opposite. Of course what makes a good beer is subjective. Based on all of his books and from meeting and hearing him speak in person, he knows his subject quite well.
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