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"Vintage Beer teaches you everything you need to know about aged beers." ―Cool Material.com



"This is the manual for serious beer lovers who want to take their beer to the next level."
(All About Beer Magazine)

"Dawson's guide to vintage brews will have you making room in your crawlspace."
(BeerAdvocate Magazine)

"Dawson makes aging beer easy, using a variety of brews like ales, barleywines, and stouts as examples."
(Brew Your Own magazine)

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"Consumers of all levels will be rewarded by Patrick's guidance, and as a brewer, I am pleased he has tackled an issue that is near and dear to my bottle-conditioned heart."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161212156X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612121567
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rebecca on March 27, 2014
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I got this for my boyfriends 26th birthday. We are both beer geeks but there is always something to learn. He has probably read this book 6 times cover to cover and still finds new information every time he reads through it. This is great or the beginner and the seasoned beer drinker
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam on April 10, 2014
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book arrived in perfect condition brand new and was an interesting read. the second half of the book was basically a list of beers so I kinda wish there had been more info about the actual aging process, but I found the book helpful and informative nonetheless.
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Vintage Beer by Patrick Dawson.

While most beers turn bad rather quickly some do indeed get better with age – like finer wines and classic spirits. This is the second beer book about deliciousness I have discovered and read/reviewed over as many days. For the last book (Beerology) – by Mirella Amato I have the pleasure of knowing the author – in this case I do not (yet) but I like the approach in this almost pocket sized book –just shy of 150 pages. Both the books have presented unique profiles and charts of the beers and their flavor profiles. In this case we see aging profiles – charts of the beers (rarely - perhaps never before? used in the more popular – non technical publications).

Taking a self- deprecating approach to early failures the author shows us how he learned to overcome the issues with selecting beers worthy of aging and how to do it, then why it is worth doing so by providing some excellent sensory factors and descriptors for selecting many of the world classic beers (including the new Americana) to lay down for a year or a decade or two. I will be applying facets of his 14 rules into our own professional sensory training program.

Like a semi-technical book on cheese and cheese flavor chemistry I recently read the author takes us on a journey of not-too technical though relevant and sound flavor notes – origins and descriptors and how they change with age. Oxidation, normally the enemy of many beers, is shown as playing out - sympathetically with the styles of beers that can withstand long periods alone in the cellar or long-term cooler. The only disappointing feature for me was a lack (actually a complete absence) of references to sources of crucial information within the text itself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wombat37 on August 6, 2014
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The title of this book is a bit of a misnomer and may mislead potential readers. The word vintage to me referred to a drink (normally wine) of a given year (e.g. a 2008 vintage) or perhaps to mean an especially good year. So I thought this book would be just full of reviews of good or exotic beers I could buy in the stores. As a home-brewer, why would I want that?

However, this little book is far more than that and I think it's a must-read for anyone who takes beer seriously. It's really all about how some beers greatly improve with extended aging and why some don't. Anybody who has tasted a good 5-year old English barley wine and a 5-year old can of American lager will know exactly what I'm talking about here.

Mr. Dawson considers beer aging from many angles from the ingredients used to make the beer, how the beer is made, how it's stored, cellar design and even what sort of bottles to best use. He goes into a lot of chemistry to explain the aging process without confounding the reader.

As a home-brewer, this is wonderful stuff. Although the book is not specifically targeted at home-brewers there is so much information here that it can influence how they would make their beer. For instance, what are the best hops to use in an American barley wine? I didn't even know that this was an important question until I read this book. Apparently some hops improve the taste and some ruin it on aging.

It's not just for home-brewers. Collectors that like to buy commercial beer in bulk and put it on storage (a bit like wine connoisseurs) will find this book invaluable.

I've read a lot of books on beer making and much of the material here I haven't seen elsewhere.
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As someone who both love to drink beer and brew it I found this book very helpful and packed with information.
Both for the "Beer Collector" who would like to age beer and enjoy the newly developed tastes over time, and the brewer who would like to aim at brewing beer that matures well over the years (or less) this book provides detailed and practical information which provides a great insight on how the different tastes and compounds of a freshly brewed beer may develop over time provided the right conditions.
The book also provides some examples of brands as well as styles which may age better that others.

While there seem to be no accurate rules for how to know whether a certain beer may age well or not, this book focuses of the key elements which may predict the result (how the different esters will develop, how the different malts and hop oils change...).

I am not familiar with any other book that provides this information, and it seems that in our time the stress is on "fresh beer" and not "aged beer."

The one thing I regret not having in this book is more tables and diagrams which summarizes the packed information. Also I would have enjoyed the option to print some diagrams on posters to have in my workshop/home-brewing space.
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