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Vintage Beer: A Taster's Guide to Brews That Improve over Time Paperback – March 11, 2014
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"Vintage Beer teaches you everything you need to know about aged beers." ―Cool Material.com
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"Consumers of all levels will be rewarded by Patrick's guidance, and as a brewer, I am pleased he has tackled an issue that is near and dear to my bottle-conditioned heart."
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However, this little book is far more than that and I think it's a must-read for anyone who takes beer seriously. It's really all about how some beers greatly improve with extended aging and why some don't. Anybody who has tasted a good 5-year old English barley wine and a 5-year old can of American lager will know exactly what I'm talking about here.
Mr. Dawson considers beer aging from many angles from the ingredients used to make the beer, how the beer is made, how it's stored, cellar design and even what sort of bottles to best use. He goes into a lot of chemistry to explain the aging process without confounding the reader.
As a home-brewer, this is wonderful stuff. Although the book is not specifically targeted at home-brewers there is so much information here that it can influence how they would make their beer. For instance, what are the best hops to use in an American barley wine? I didn't even know that this was an important question until I read this book. Apparently some hops improve the taste and some ruin it on aging.
It's not just for home-brewers. Collectors that like to buy commercial beer in bulk and put it on storage (a bit like wine connoisseurs) will find this book invaluable.
I've read a lot of books on beer making and much of the material here I haven't seen elsewhere.Read more ›
While most beers turn bad rather quickly some do indeed get better with age – like finer wines and classic spirits. This is the second beer book about deliciousness I have discovered and read/reviewed over as many days. For the last book (Beerology) – by Mirella Amato I have the pleasure of knowing the author – in this case I do not (yet) but I like the approach in this almost pocket sized book –just shy of 150 pages. Both the books have presented unique profiles and charts of the beers and their flavor profiles. In this case we see aging profiles – charts of the beers (rarely - perhaps never before? used in the more popular – non technical publications).
Taking a self- deprecating approach to early failures the author shows us how he learned to overcome the issues with selecting beers worthy of aging and how to do it, then why it is worth doing so by providing some excellent sensory factors and descriptors for selecting many of the world classic beers (including the new Americana) to lay down for a year or a decade or two. I will be applying facets of his 14 rules into our own professional sensory training program.
Like a semi-technical book on cheese and cheese flavor chemistry I recently read the author takes us on a journey of not-too technical though relevant and sound flavor notes – origins and descriptors and how they change with age. Oxidation, normally the enemy of many beers, is shown as playing out - sympathetically with the styles of beers that can withstand long periods alone in the cellar or long-term cooler. The only disappointing feature for me was a lack (actually a complete absence) of references to sources of crucial information within the text itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a brewer but I do love beer and as I learned from a friend I do enjoy the styles that can be aged, so I gave this book a go. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelly Jameson
Easy read, full of useful info. Now go get some good beer to age, but read the book first.Published 8 months ago by Jack Perdue
Great read with everything you need to know about aging beer.Published 11 months ago by Michael Lupo
The book doesn't delve so deep on the topic, what is understandable, because there isn't much knowledge about this matter yet anywhere. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Edson Marquezani Filho
Well written, informative and an interesting read. Patrick Dawson is very knowledgable.Published 16 months ago by sobelle53
As someone who both love to drink beer and brew it I found this book very helpful and packed with information. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eli Badran