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Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink Paperback – February 11, 2009
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From the Back Cover
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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I purchased this book when I worked for a large macro-brewer in order to pass the Cicerone tests. This book is an absolute technical guide on how to understand and enjoy all kinds of beers. It has colorful commentary and excellent resources to help you understanding this delicious drink.
For all you wondering about how hard the Cicerone Test is, I passed the Cicerone Beer Server test with flying colors. It is time based and multiple choice. Questions will bounce around from ingredients, process oriented, taste, smell, draft system technique, and situational. If you have the access to pre-tests, take the pre-test about 10 times. Just keeping doing it over and over and over again, you will see questions if not the same, VERY similiar and you will know how to answer them.
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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.
One of the best things I've gotten out of this book is expanding my tasting vocabulary. Some people say that if you don't have a word for something you can't adequately analyze it and this book is great with fixing that. Words I've heard before but never been able to understand (wtf is "minerally") were fleshed out well and the book features special breakout sections describing the flavors.
When I started homebrewing it was suggested to me to read "How To Brew" by John Palmer, which is a great book but I feel that when I re-read it after this book it will solidify a lot of the info and I would suggest both to anyone interested in getting in to homebrewing, even though thats not exactly the point of the book.