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Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink by [Mosher, Randy]
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"A radical passion for brews." —Bob Townsend

From the Back Cover

The Portable Beer Expert
Uncapping the Secrets in Every Bottle


Everybody knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it. Tasting Beer is a lively exploration of the culture, chemistry, and creativity that make craft beers so wonderfully complex. Heighten your enjoyment of every glass with an understanding of the finer points of brewing, serving, tasting, and food pairing.

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  • File Size: 7808 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Original edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PGQK7I
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Before I review Randy Mosher's "Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink," let me give you a few calibration points so you can decide whether to take my opinions seriously or not. I definitely qualify as a serious beer geek. My travels around the U.S. nearly always involve visits to brewpubs. I'll drive hundreds of miles out of my way to have a pint of good craft brew, and I attend as many beer festivals each year as I possibly can. My favorite beers are Imperial stouts, barleywines and Imperial I.P.A.s, such as Alesmith's Speedway, Stone's Old Guardian and Moylan's Hopsickle (among many others). I enjoy the occasional Belgian (the funkier the better), and I consider Fat Tire to be an overly hyped "training-wheels beer" for people who don't know any better. I couldn't choke down a Bud, Coors or Miller if I were dying of thirst, and (yes, it's true) I tend to be a little snobbish toward people who are unwilling to expand their beer tastes beyond the Big Three. So, with that said, what did I think of "Tasting Beer?"

Well, there's a remarkable amount of information in its 247 pages, all of it presented in a very nicely integrated text-and-picture form. No matter what aspect of beer culture you're interested in, you'll find it covered to a useful level of detail in "Tasting Beer." Do you want to know more about the history of beer? It's in there, from 10,000 years BCE to the present, in a fascinating 22-page section. Do you want to improve your abilities to taste beer, and to accurately describe its qualities and complexity? It's in there--you'll learn how to distinguish 25 common flavors such as diacetyl, isoamyl acetate and fusels, and whether they're desirable or not. Are you interested in becoming more sophisticated in pairing beer with food?
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Randy Mosher has been well-known in serious beer and homebrewing circles for years. His earlier book, Radical Brewing, is a classic for anyone interested in brewing and a wondrous font of cool recipes for beers to brew at home. Tasting Beer is a much more approachable work, aimed more at the general audience of beer drinkers out there than at us "beer geeks". It provides a broad overview of styles, tips on pairing beer with food, proper glassware and serving techniques, historical perspectives, and even the basics of sensory evaluation of beer. Profusely illustrated, including many helpful charts and diagrams comparing various styles of beer, this really is an exceptional work. It would make a perfect gift for anyone who is at all interested in any aspect of modern craft brewing. I like to think I'm fairly well-read when it comes to beer, but I was still fascinated and picked up several new and interesting beer facts.

If you're at all interested in beer, don't miss this great new book!
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I found the book to be a good read overall from the perspective of it being a book about beer in general. It covers just about every aspect of beer but not in great detail. The first half of the book gives the reader a decent background about what one should expect when tasting beer. But I was a bit disappointed with the last half of the book.

The last half was mostly a catalog of beer styles and suggested beers to try. That's great but Mosher didn't describe what one might expect to taste when tasting those specific beers. After all, this is a book about tasting beer right?

So what are the expert opinions of Orval, Adventinus, or Okicum Palone? You will not find it in this book. Remember those judges sheets in chapter 5? Why aren't there any filled-out ones for the suggested beers? I would have much liked to have a detailed, in-depth expert analysis of key beers that are good for learning the nuances of tasting beer rather than a catalog of a bunch of beer suggestions.

A better title for the book would have been "About Beer".
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Mosher's latest dissertation upon beer is a must-have, not just for beer lovers, but for everyone in the business of "taste". This book gives you the vocabulary and the sensory methodology to objectively evaluate beer- but the tasting disciplines can also be applied to other beverages and foods. Detailed beer style descriptions abound and the work of organizing a tasting, pairing, or epicurean expedition is already done for you. A fun and interesting read. I highly recommend "Tasting Beer" by Randy Mosher.
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A lot of great info that covers the past, present and future of the beer world. I especially enjoyed the chapters on how to truly experience your beer through tastes and aromas. If you were to read it cover to cover, you'd be set, the book flows very well.

However, we were assigned random chapters in our class so the information wasn't always included in the assigned chapters. By that I mean, if we were assigned chapters 3-4, well chapter 3 is a continuation of chapter 2, so you would start out not knowing terms because were explained/described back in chapter 2. I know its not a "textbook" but had someone left a comment like mine, i would of been better prepared.
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Mr. Mosher lays beer out in an easy and approachable format. He presents topics in an order as to not overload the reader with unnecessary info as it relates to the topic at hand.
Tasting Beer covers everything from tasting terminology, to bottle handling, to style breakdowns, to pairings, and everything in between.
Lots of info but not overbearing at all. Well paced and structured in a format that is easily used as a reference, especially for pairings and general beer info.
he Kindle version didn't take away from the content at all.
A book every beer lover should read- noob and seasoned beer judges alike.
There is also a great 'Additional Reading' guide at the end that is really useful for taking any additional steps in your study of beer.
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