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on December 30, 2014
Among the army of people writing about beer these days, Jeff Alworth and his Beervana blog stand out. There’s no doubt the guy knows craft beer from just about every possible angle. Some Amazon reviewers have dinged “Beer Tasting Quick Reference Guide” for its short length and lack of detail. The book delivers exactly what the title promises.

With craft and homebrewers constantly pushing the boundaries of beer styles, Alworth has done a great job of describing the most commonly recognized styles in a simple, clear fashion. If you enjoy sampling flights at brewpubs and you’re looking for more sophisticated ways to learn about beer, this is a handy book. What I found most worthwhile was the array of blind tasting ideas. Alworth has compiled a well-organized and varied list of suggestions that even knowledgeable beer connoisseurs can appreciate.

The good news for those who want a more in depth book: on his website, Alworth says he’s currently working on “The Beer Bible,” due out in Fall 2015.
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on May 10, 2013
Purchased this kit for my dad's birthday, since he's crazy about tasting beers and home brewing. He was SO happy with the kit. He felt like such a pro.
He made the whole family gather for a tasting party so we could sample and test all of his different brewed beers. My dad loved how the taste testing taught you what kind of beer you prefer.

Great for beer pros or beer beginners!
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on October 27, 2012
This is a well-written overview of beer styles and tasting suggestions. If there's a shortcoming, it is that the book could be more detailed with respect to the various styles and how to taste and pair them. Of course, then it would not be a Quick Reference Guide. Jeff has done a nice job putting together a book that is informative, yet succinct. The book is exactly what the title says it is.
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on September 29, 2017
Very Good
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on February 22, 2017
Not what I thought it would be
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on April 25, 2017
Plenty of info packed into a concise and useful package. Pairing suggestions as well as history and descriptions of all the major styles. Would definitely recommend.
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on June 12, 2016
For one who aspires to sharpen his beer palate, this is a great start.
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on August 9, 2014
This short book is a good primer on beer. I would recommend it as a first book on beer but definitely not your last. It is very basic and covers the most common types of beer. I wished it was more comprehensive as the approach the author takes on describing the various beers is valuable.
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on June 14, 2016
Informative. Quite a bit of good info and a short read.
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on July 31, 2017
Perfect book to get a quick beer education on most different styles. Great quick reference and can't beat the price!
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