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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (September 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146541438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465414380
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[B]eautiful photography, informative capsules and full-page synopses on brewers." – The Plain Dealer, Cleveland's Daily Newspaper

"Encyclopedic in scope, this book is a craft-beer lover's dream, with details about more than 800 breweries and 1,000 beers from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa." – The Tampa Tribune

"This is the kind of book to drink a beer over. The photography is top-notch, particularly the hundreds of bottle labels reproduced in high quality throughout. Verdict: Recommended to budding craft beer enthusiasts seeking a broader…understanding of world beer culture delivered in package that's easy on the eyes." – Library Journal


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It’s a very well laid out book.
Karen Tiede
I'm going to use this book as a basis for constructing beer dinners with various focuses on style/country/etc.
owookiee
This book would be an ideal gift for a craft beer lover and makes a great coffee table book.
JMack

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KET on December 26, 2013
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Large, made nice gift, lots of info inside. Heavy hard cover, interesting coffee table book or for the beer loving alcoholics in your life!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Logical Paradox VINE VOICE on October 23, 2013
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If you're a beer snob or a home brewer, this is a great coffee table (beer table?) book. Fun to browse and beautiful to behold. It's a good conversation piece and it is wide-reaching in scope. But there's not enough depth for anyone expecting a comprehensive reference.

The book is beautifully constructed with high quality, delicious-looking photos and image. It covers all the basics you would expect such a book to cover, from the brewing process, to the beers themselves (well, quite a few of them at least).

I do have to say that there's more style than substance here. I was disappointed that only the first few pages actually cover the central questions and qualities of beer itself. The introduction starts with a very brief timeline overview of beer history--spanning a whopping 2 pages. Considering beer history goes back to 7,000 BCE, I think there's more they could discuss. Then, another 2 pages detail "the Craft Beer Revolution". OK. But they never really framed the "problem" that the craft beer revolution was trying to solve. Another two pages detail the entire brewing process, with all of its intricacies and nuances. You can see where I might feel let down for lack of details.

The next 2 pages break the entire universe of beer into 8 "Beer Styles". Lagers don't even figure into this classification system (indeed they are barely mentioned, except to note that "some [pilsners] are laggered". They make some interesting choices here without really explaining them (why are imperial stouts a separate class from "porter & stout" for example). Much is left to my imagination, like where would saison might fit into this breakdown. This doesn't really give a good sense of the beer family tree.

The next 2 pages have a decent, guide to pouring and tasting.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gotta run now VINE VOICE on December 19, 2013
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World Beer is a coffee table book for beer lovers of all kinds. From total beer novices to brewers themselves, there is something here for everyone. Beautifully photographed and published with thick pages, it is organized geographically (although largely ignoring Asia) and covers breweries, food parings, and tasting notes. Its a great look into craft beers although when you consider how long beer has been around, it does seem to be a bit superficial. Sometimes attempting to cover a subject as broad as "beer" might be too much to ask. But it is a highly enjoyable book nonetheless.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne on December 18, 2013
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If you love beer, chances are you'll love this book. It is filled with pictures and information about beers from around the world. Planning on traveling soon? Check out the country's section in this book, and I'm sure you'll find something that sounds appealing.

DK makes great books, and this is no exception. Nice thick pages, great photographs, and large size makes for an impressive coffee table book.

Recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on December 6, 2013
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Among the beer books I own, this may be the best. It is up to date in terms of the latest trends, and really does not omit many notable breweries. If I had one complaint, it would be the brief description on certain breweries. How does Three Floyds only get a paragraph? This book would be an ideal gift for a craft beer lover and makes a great coffee table book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hamilton VINE VOICE on December 4, 2013
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This book would make a great gift for any craft beer fan (pair it with some actual craft beer for bonus points)! It also makes a great coffee table book.

World Beer starts off with an informative section including a brief history of beer, the craft beer revolution, the brewing process, beer styles, how you should taste beer, flavor pairings and beer festivals. This section is beautifully illustrated and very informative. I know a decent amount about craft beer and the styles and brewing process, but this section still taught me a lot. It was also just really fun to look at.

After the opening section, the book transitions into the heart of the book: beer. The beers are listed by continent and then country within the continent. The continents include Europe, The Americas, Asia & Australia and Africa.

Some of the beer companies have a gorgeous full 1-2 page spread. Other companies have a small paragraph mentioning the basics about the company. While I was a little disappointed that a few of my favorites are not featured (like Chimay), I found several beer companies I know and love in the book (Ommegang, Avery, Founders, Victory, Rogue, Unibroque, etc.). There were also a lot of brands I had never heard of and I am anxious to try. Most of the brands that are featured (in a 1-2 page spread) have three of their beers listed with tasting notes and food pairings. There is also pictures of the beers and facts including owner, founder, address, website and philosophy..

The book ends with a glossary of beer and brewing related terms followed by an index. The index makes it easy to find your favorite beer by name or your favorite beer style.

This book does not have all the beers of the world listed (that would be one impossibly large book!
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