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The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer Hardcover – November 3, 2009

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"The Naked Pint is a great read for anyone interested in all things beer-from beer style descriptions to cooking with beer to brewing your own beer at home. Like a Beer 101 textbook to amp up your brew IQ, if only textbooks occassionally made you laugh out loud. The authors know their stuff; they understand and convey the notion that beer can be complex without being overly complicated, and they take beer seriously but don't take themselves too seriously. The Naked Pint is, um, revealing."
-Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and author of Brewing Up a Business, Extreme Brewing, and He Said Beer, She Said Wine

"No one turns people on to beer the way that Christina and Hallie do. Along with their passion and expertise, they bring a wit and levity that exemplify the renegade spirit of craft beer."
-Greg Koch, CEO and co-founder, Stone Brewing Co.

"I have always loved beer without knowing much about it. I learned a lot in this factual, enlightening, and funny guide to one of the oldest and most cherished beverages known to man."
-Jacques Pepin cookbook author, cooking teacher, and PBS television cooking series host

"Whether you want to brew at home, belly up to the bar with confidence, or make magical pairings at the dinnertable, The Naked Pint makes learning about craft beers as fun as drinking them. You'll be a savvy sipper after reading this educational and engaging book."
-Leslie Sbrocco, PBS television host and author of Wine for Women

"An incredibly satisfying read! This books gets better-looking on every page. From Pale Ale to Weizen, The Naked Pint covers all of beer's finer points in a fun, witty, and approachable manner. Hallie and Christina's great taste and cool, refreshing style is the perfect introduction to the often intimidating world of craft beer."
-Rachael Leigh Cook

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"The Naked Pint is a great read for anyone interested in all things beer-from beer style descriptions to cooking with beer to brewing your own beer at home. Like a Beer 101 textbook to amp up your brew IQ, if only textbooks occassionally made you laugh out loud. The authors know their stuff; they understand and convey the notion that beer can be complex without being overly complicated, and they take beer seriously but don't take themselves too seriously. The Naked Pint is, um, revealing."
-Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and author of Brewing Up a Business, Extreme Brewing, and He Said Beer, She Said Wine

"No one turns people on to beer the way that Christina and Hallie do. Along with their passion and expertise, they bring a wit and levity that exemplify the renegade spirit of craft beer."
-Greg Koch, CEO and co-founder, Stone Brewing Co.

"I have always loved beer without knowing much about it. I learned a lot in this factual, enlightening, and funny guide to one of the oldest and most cherished beverages known to man."
-Jacques Pepin cookbook author, cooking teacher, and PBS television cooking series host

"Whether you want to brew at home, belly up to the bar with confidence, or make magical pairings at the dinnertable, The Naked Pint makes learning about craft beers as fun as drinking them. You'll be a savvy sipper after reading this educational and engaging book."
-Leslie Sbrocco, PBS television host and author of Wine for Women

"An incredibly satisfying read! This books gets better-looking on every page. From Pale Ale to Weizen, The Naked Pint covers all of beer's finer points in a fun, witty, and approachable manner. Hallie and Christina's great taste and cool, refreshing style is the perfect introduction to the often intimidating world of craft beer."
-Rachael Leigh Cook --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; 1 edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535345
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a wine lover and avid beer drinker--and a very critical reader and writer.

This book--which I bought because I heard about it on the radio--fills a nice gap.

There are so many wine guides out there (I read Parker, Clive Coates and books on terrior, to give some an idea of my interest level) but there are few if any quality beer guides.

This book is well written, entertaining, makes a great gift for a lot of different types of people (a no brainer for the holidays as a gift, since it's unique and fun.)

On the critical side--a solid and excellent look at beer, period. The most sophisticated beer drinkers will appreciate a ton in this book.

Love it--definitely recommended.
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My major complaint is that this book seems to be written by girls that partied way too much with crappy beer now trying to relate with other party girls. Between the constant references to beer causing nights of regretful idiocy and promiscuity to immature giggles at the term "yeast", I don't think I could have felt more disconnected from the authors. The authors frequently allude to concerns about calories in beer but never bother listing the calorie contents of any beers or even suggest any craft beers that happen to be lower in calories.

However, there also were many useful factoids scattered throughout the book about both styles and breweries that I appreciated.
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If you know anything about beer, don't buy this book. Not only is it not very educational, it's slightly offensive. Although it's marketed as a "great read for craft beer fans" the writers treat the readers like ignorant 21 year olds who need a spanking. They constantly accuse the reader of drinking bad beers their whole lives and now, just now; they can finally go to a bar and order a craft beer without embarrassing themselves. What?! Listen, you can only consider this a good book if A. You're a woman with a bad sense of humor and can relate to the silly jokes. B. You are new to craft beer, and I mean, NEW. The first 66 pages just make you cringe, it gets less irritating, but the only reason I finished reading it was so i could have a real opinion about it, and yep... it's bad. Not to mention the actual incorrect facts and the lack of support to some of the outrageous statements. Don't bother.
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Format: Hardcover
If you have a taste for the many delicious craft beers that are on the market today, or want to learn more about them, this is the book for you. Thorough, detailed, well-researched and really fun to read, "The Naked Pint" gives great guidance on how to develop a personal taste for different styles of beer. And if you've ever felt overwhelmed by too many choices, this is a great reminder that tasting and savoring beer is, after all, supposed to be fun. Highly recommend as a gift item for anyone into craft beer -- experienced consumer or complete novice.
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I bought this book for a friend. We both love craft beer. I looked through it before wrapping it as a Christmas gift. I thought it was just a little better than ok. It still made a nice gift, but the contents weren't as interesting as I had hoped. Also, it's a few years old, and I may rate it higher if it contained newer information. This industry has changed a lot in the past 5 years and this book is rapidly becoming outdated.
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I'm a big fan of craft beer, so this book was a natural for me. But with it's quirky sense of humor and welcoming accessibility, The Naked Pint is the perfect primer for anyone interested in learning about beer. I enjoyed the funny, friendly tone of the authors--it's a refreshing change from the clinical dryness of a lot of other beer guides. On top of that, I appreciated the extensive selection of beers that are so deliciously described. You can't read this book and NOT want to go out and try a pint of something new!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Really great, easy to understand, beginners book with plenty of humor. The book is organized from milder flavored beers to strongly flavored beers. With beer recipes & home brew instructions at the end.
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Format: Paperback
Beer experts Christina Perozzi and Haille Beaune earned their chops managing bars, hosting beer tastings, teaching seminars on beer, and taking every opportunity to publicize and promote the love of craft beer. In this book the authors take the novice craft beer drinker on a journey through the world of craft beer while providing enough insights to interest veteran. They cover the basics of beer – ingredients, how it’s made, history and different styles. They provide several examples of the various styles they discuss with brief tasting notes accessible to the novice. The author’s chapter on the beer lover’s kitchen covers cooking with beer and provides several recipes. An overview of home brewing provides enough information for the novice to decide if they want to tackle taking up the craft and enough information for the more adventurous to brew a batch. They also provide some interesting recipes by some leading brewer’s and home brewers. Perozzi and Beaune conclude with a chapter on entertaining with beer. While not in depth, their writing is accessible and entertaining. This is not the best book on the topic but is a decent introduction.
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