- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: DK; 1 edition (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780789451569
- ISBN-13: 978-0789451569
- ASIN: 0789451565
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
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- #201 in Beer (Books)
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Michael Jackson's Great Beer Guide Paperback – October 4, 2000
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Sometimes there's more to beer than meets the eye. Like tea it's more of a simple, easy and relaxing beverage that lacks the arrogance of coffee and hard liquors and the overly sweetness of cocoa and some wines. Even thought I like all the above beer is still an incredible invention, it's perfect for a weekend afternoon or chilled one or two for dinner when I just don't feel like cooking. I really do drink it because it like everything about it, not to get tipsy and forget everything, people tend to look down on it for some reason, but beer deserves some love and appreciation. Apparently one beer a day is good for the circulation, the hard part is having just one!
This book is more of a large pocket manual, but too thick to fit into any pocket, with each beer in alphabetical order taking places on each page, showing beautiful photos of the bottle, the proper glassware for serving and all sorts of flavor and history information. I can count on this to inform, entertain and show me beers that I will probably never tastes or find but at least I know to be on the lookout! I tend to like lighter beers, and the Asian ones always seem to tickle my fancy, currently Tiger beer just has my heart, and its extremely simple and non fussy I even love the name, which represents my favorite animal. Fruit flavored beers are also fun, but when I feel like something sweet. Currently having discovered great strawberry ale I am in search of new and untested brews.
This is a fun, sort of a mini encyclopedia for anyone who's a fan of the beverage and fan of history and the way different countries can interpret hops, malted barley, wheat, corn or even rice into their own distinct beverages. So yeah you have to do a few more crunches but beer is worth it.
- Kasia S.
The beers are listed alphabetically by brewery. Each beer is pictured with its bottle and its appropriately matching glassware – in which you can see its color profile. Author Michael Jackson also lists the region of origin, style, alcohol content (by abw and by abv), ideal serving temperature, and a short description of each beer.
After the listing of 500 great beers, Michael Jackson provides a User’s Guide in which he provides detailed instructions of pouring beer and tasting beer (with pictures). He also gives a breakdown of the commonly used terms in describing beer flavors and aromas. Included is also a glossary and an index.
I definitely think Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide is worthy to add to your beer book collection.
The book also contains a glossary of terms for those wishing to make their own tasting notes.
My primary use for the book has been to aid me in selecting new beers to try when I make internet orders.