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Charlie Papazian is the founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the Association of Brewers and the current president of the Brewers Association. The creator of the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, he is the founding publisher of the magazines Zymurgy (for homebrewers) and The New Brewer (for professional craftbrewers). He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Sandra, and daughter, Carla, where he still avidly homebrews lagers, ales, and honey meads.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060758147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060758141
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Huber on May 1, 2007
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Charlie Papazian is the homebrewer apostle best known for authoring "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing". He is also the founding president of the American Homebrewers Association and the originator of the Great American Beer Festival. In many ways he might be considered the father of the American microbrew renaissance that began in the 1980s and exploded in the 1990s (a good deal of the people who run and operate microbreweries started as homebrewers, and a number of them got their start with "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing"). He is certainly very adventurous and a wonderful beer enthusiast. Though "only" an amateur homebrewer who brews 5 gallon batches at a time like the rest of us, his stature, position, and impressive resume has opened doors to him all over the world to lecture, visit, and just have a beer. This book is a diary of sorts of these travels over the last twenty-five or so years.

Though the book is presented as a travelogue, it is not organized chronologically. It is divided into three parts: "Microbrewed: American Style", "Microbrewed: The World", and "Recipes". The first two sections are divided into chapters, which are further divided into short topics such as a visit to a brewery or to see a brewmaster. These short topics are only two to six pages long, so the book is very easy to read in spurts, or during brief interludes such as on a lunch break or on a plane.

What made this book special to me is that almost every short topic ends with a recipe that covers the kind of beverage discussed in that topic. These recipes were either given to Charlie by a brewmaster he visited, or (most often the case) a recipe he came up with that best approximates the brew.
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Like many, Papazian's "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" helped introduce me to making my own beer. So when I saw his latest book at my local bookstore, I felt it deserved a look. In this volume, he brings his readers on a tour of the microbreweries and early beer festivals that helped create the commercial craft-brewing landscape that a youngster like me (27) can take for granted at times. The added bonus is that for each one of his anecdotes or reminiscences he includes a homebrew recipe (in both all-grain and malt extract versions). Often these recipes are recreations of early versions of classics like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Redhook Ale (I can't wait to brew the recipe for the original, more flavorful Killian's). Other recipes push the envelope like a "Belgian" stout or Pumpernickel Rye Stout.

Much like Garrett Oliver's "Brewmaster's Table" or Michael Jackson's "Beer Companion", this book offers a spirited look into the delicious world of craft beer. Not a comprehensive history, but a fun romp through American craftbrewing past and present (as well as some recent international beer adventures). I highly enjoyed this book.
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this review serves as a reality check to the 2 star review: a book review sort of, kind of, implies that you have actually read the book. I'm just saying. you admit that you only read "a few pages" out of a 392 page book, but on that absurd basis you have concluded that it "rambles" and it is "tiresome and boring". what I like about this book and all of Charlie's books is that the man writing the books is the exact opposite of a beer snob. as craft brewing has become ubiquitous and local home brew clubs are multiplying faster than properly pitched yeast, the man who is partly responsible for much of this beer renaissance is still down to earth, and still advocating a personal preference for quirky (not-technically-perfect) beers, including home brews, over mass-produced factory-made, stylistically-precise soul-less brews. when so many others are getting so technical and precise and scientific with their approach to beer, Charlie Papazian still looks at it as 'there are no mistakes in homebrew, only variations'. and that's the way his books come across. I learned a lot from this man. I brewed my first homebrews almost 30 years ago because of this man. he's got a great writing style.
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There's no one quite like Charlie Papazian. He's unpretentious, original, funny, and a very good writer. This book is a great read from start to finish. From the first paragraph in the introduction he gets you smiling as he tells you about his first homebrew, "an amber beer brewed in the basement of a . . . preschool and day care center." He must know how funny he is, but he never seems to crack a smile.

The book continues sort of like that until the end. Fifty great stories about beer, some from America, most from elsewhere, each with a homebrew recipe. But you would be mistaken, I think, to consider this book a mere collection of stories and recipes. Papazian is painting a picture, it seems, and each story and each recipe is like a brush stroke. We all chuckle at the one-liners about how beer is proof of God's existence and so forth, but it seems that Papazian might really believe that there's some sort of truth to that kind of thing. After you see the picture he "paints" with these stories, you might think so too.
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