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The Brewer's Apprentice: An Insider's Guide to the Art and Craft of Beer Brewing, Taught by the Masters Paperback – October 1, 2011
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"Koch (coauthor, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.), cofounder and CEO of Stone Brewing Company, and freelance writer and beer judge Allyn have put together an in-the-trenches-with-greatness empirical guide to beer brewing. After laying the groundwork with extremely concise nuts and bolts (with charts, print and online references, a glossary, and ingredient profiles), the authors turn to guidance, as each element of the process or varietal character trait is broken down by experts and notables. Maestros from Summit, Russian River, Schneider & Sohn, Dogfish Head, BrewDog, Fuller, Captain Lawrence, and Tugwell spill on mash and lautering, bittering hops, ales, Belgian style, lambic, brewing with fruit, barrel aging, ciders, meads, and evaluating beer. Verdict: Just as a choice session brew is guided by mood, circumstance, and season, this book is designed to be browsed as your taste dictates—not necessarily read straight through. That said, it is not to be dismissed as casual—there is heady methodology, insight, a troubleshooting guide, and evidenced trial and outcome here. For those who see beer as a means, not an end. In the best possible sense, you will need a drink to get through this." —Library Journal Xpress Review
About the Author
Greg Koch is co-founder and CEO of Stone Brewing Co. (www.stonebrew.com) in Escondido, California. Since Greg started the company with his partner, Steve Wagner, in 1996, Stone has become one of the fastest-growing and highest-rated breweries in the world. Brewing 115,000 barrels in 2010, Stone is the fourteenth-largest craft brewery in the United States, and the largest American-owned brewery in the southwestern United States, a position it achieved without advertising, discounting, or giving away freebies. Greg passionately believes that environmental and social sustainability goes hand-in-hand with brewing mind-blowing beer, and he frequently speaks on topics ranging from craft beer to business to food to marketing, bringing a bold, entertaining, and often humorous approach to public speaking engagements.
Matt Allyn is a freelance writer living, drinking, and brewing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He’s a certified, card-carrying beer judge, and has been homebrewing award-winning beers for six years. His writing has been published in Men’s Health, Draft, Zymurgy, Runner’s World, and Bicycling. And while he doesn’t have a favorite beer, he prefers whatever is fresh, seasonal, and in his hand. Visit his website at www.mattallyn.com.
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Go read Palmer.
Note: this is not a 'How to Brew' book, you shouldn't expect that, but it's a great companion to have on a brew day.
This is where the book really shines. Supposing the basics of brewing are old news to you, the interviews really dig into personal theories on each piece of the puzzle, and that brewer's journey into expertise in that area. As a homebrewer with about 20 batches down, it was a fun journey through the what makes brewing so enjoyable, full of great pictures and niche questions and ideas presented beautifully. No recipes, no 80-page deep-dives into yeast cell structure, but rather a sort of "brew porn" book that excites and prods homebrewers to make better beer. It's a fun read that I couldn't recommend enough.