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"You don't need to know anything at all about the beverage before picking this book up. But you'll know a lot by the time you put it down."  —[Sarasota, FL] Herald-Tribune


"Fine reading." — Philadelphia Daily News

"Attractively laid out and neatly organized, Let Me Tell You About Beer would make an excellent companion on your next trip to the bar, beer store or brewery." — TAPS: The Beer Magazine

About the Author

Melissa Cole is one of the UK's leading beer experts and a respected international beer judge, with more than a decade of writing, broadcasting, and evangelizing about the world's favorite drink. She regularly joins up with craft brewers to produce collaboration brews.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Mulloy on June 29, 2016
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Melissa Cole writes about beer, is an international beer judge and is a partner in London’s only beer tasting business. This is a fairly well written beginner’s guide to beer beginning with the requisite introduction to beer, its ingredients and how it is made. She follows up with a section on beer appreciation and the remaining three fourths of the book cover beer and its various styles. She is a friendly and easy to read writer but she says at least one too many times that beer is fun.

Her discussion of the differences between lager and ale yeast is a little shaky, implying that lager yeasts ferment a much wider range of sugars than ale yeast. Lager yeast can metabolize raffinose and melibose (ale yeast cannot) but both sugars are present in very small quantities in wort. The differences in flavor between the two yeast involve fermentation temperatures. At higher fermentation temperatures, ale yeast produces more fruity esters while at lower temperatures, lager yeast should produce very few to none resulting in a cleaner beer. She suggests that light struck beer degrades hop oils to wet-newspaper smelling nasties – actually hop oils degrade into a compound very similar to the scent skunks use for self-protection. In another place, she defines zymurgy as the science of brewing beer – actually it is the study or practice of fermentation. Cole describes California Common Beer (Anchor Steam Beer) as a beer brewed with warm fermenting yeast at the bottom of its temperature range. Actually it is brewed with lager yeast (cold fermenting) at the upper reaches of its range. These are all things that someone with her beer pedigree should know. And she talks about “Surly Cynicale” – its Surly Cynic.

That said, she has a good palate and her beer descriptions are good.
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This book is from Britain, where the author is a leading beer expert and respected international beer judge. As the title suggests, this book assumes zero beer knowledge on the part of the reader, and does an excellent job of conveying the important concepts involved in enjoying craft beer and pairing it with good food. It is lavishly illustrated, with colorful pictures, labels, or graphics on almost every page. I found the writing style to be very approachable, and it was refreshing to see craft beer presented from a female perspective. Too often, beer books seem to be written from a solely masculine point of view. Plenty of ladies enjoy craft beer and it's heartening to see more and more of them taking pen in hand to write and blog about it. If you have got someone you'd like to introduce to the joys of craft beer, this book is a great choice, especially if they are female.
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Great book full of down to earth information on the history of beer styles with great photos though out the book. Each beer style section has a brief history of the style as well as suggested beers to try. From my experience Ms. Cole's suggestions are spot on as I have had many of them. She has also included recommended food pairings which my wife enjoyed looking over. Great book for a newbie or a veteran. Don't let the fact that Ms. Cole is English and most of the information is centered on Europe stop you from checking this book out.
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