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Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Nation's Finest Beers and Breweries Hardcover – August 10, 2010
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They all three really enjoyed reading the detailed descriptions of the various beers. As previous reviewers have mentioned, this was especially helpful in pinpointing what exactly one likes or doesn't like in a beer. Although they were serious craft beer lovers before, through the many new and varied beers they tried while working their way through this book they all discovered new tastes and fine-tuned previous preferences. The Quest led to lots of fun adventures trying to get brews from all parts of the country, as the title is accurate as a guide to the nation's beers, and not just one region. The Quest also led to some great conversations with the owners of craft beer stores in several states. All were intrigued by the idea, and loved looking through the book and making their own comments.
In addition to the hardcover books I gave, each of the guys ended up downloading the kindle version as well, so that they could have constant and easy access to the list through the app on their phones. The searchable quality of the kindle version was especially nice for when we found ourselves standing in the craft beer store, wondering if the bottle in front of us was worth a try.
What really surprised me, as the wife of an adventurous beer drinker, was how much the book (and the Quest) expanded my own horizons. I've always smiled indulgently and ordered a "safe girl beer" when out with my hubby. But as the year went on, and the comparisons to each description in the book kept coming, I couldn't resist my own sampling. I discovered many styles that I liked, and thanks to the author's detailed breakdowns, I can say what I liked about them and find others like them.
So, I highly recommend this for the serious beer drinker as well as the fun-loving experimenter. And, if you have any competitive men on your list, it makes the perfect gift!
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We're hoping he takes up craft brewing and we get a little something back.