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World Beer Hardcover – September 16, 2013

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"[B]eautiful photography, informative capsules and full-page synopses on brewers." – The Plain Dealer, Cleveland's Daily Newspaper

"Encyclopedic in scope, this book is a craft-beer lover's dream, with details about more than 800 breweries and 1,000 beers from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa." – The Tampa Tribune

"This is the kind of book to drink a beer over. The photography is top-notch, particularly the hundreds of bottle labels reproduced in high quality throughout. Verdict: Recommended to budding craft beer enthusiasts seeking a broader…understanding of world beer culture delivered in package that's easy on the eyes." – Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: DK (September 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146541438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465414380
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book at a great price, just wish I had known that it was stamped by the library that it was apparently purchased from. Doesn't affect the book at all, but my husband is a bit bummed that I won't add it to our coffee table collection.
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just moved to chicago and the beer selection here is actually absurd. to keep up i have a beer app called "untappd" (no e), and all my buddys have it too so it works out. but this is great to look something up at home when you want to know a bit more about to distillery and the history itself. and it always showcases about 3 beers form each one. solid purchase. get it in print not kindle or whatever
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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
With the explosion of craft beer over the past few years, differentiation in the market space can be difficult. "World Beer" attempts to mitigate that by providing a survey of breweries, a discussion of those breweries and tasting notes for their more famous offerings. Necessarily, this is going to be a little focused on "big" breweries since covering the emerging local beer movement would be tricky in the context of a coffee table book. There are some curious omissions, but it would be hard to be thorough.

I did limit this to 3 stars though because ultimately the format and focus on regionalism in the world can be somewhat limiting. The craft beer scene has reached the point where at any good bar, there's always something I've never heard of, meaning that more real time information availability is probably necessary than any book can provide.

If one is developing one's interest in beer, this could be a fine place to start exploring.
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It's easy to mistake this for a book about beer. After all, its name is World Beer, and dozens of beers are pictured all over the cover with even more on every page of the book. But the key word is the last one in the subtitle: "breweries". Save for the cursory introduction to beer brewing and beer types, the book is devoted to hundreds of breweries from every continent except Antarctica. Each brewery worthy at least a page gets its philosophy listed along with more mundane details like owner, founding date, and address (both physical and Internet). I learned quite a bit of trivia about some unfamiliar breweries (especially those from Britain, which is somewhat overrepresented), but there were certainly times that I wish the book dug deeper.

That's not to say that the beer is ignored. Most breweries get three of their signature beers described in some detail (along with a general idea of how sweet and hoppy the beers are), along with a food pairing. Gourmands rejoice; beer nerds are left hungering for more.

The review can't end without mentioning the photography. Each page has beautiful shots of beer bottles from around the world. Even people who aren't fans of drinking beer can appreciate the artistry seen in some of the bottle designs. It makes for an excellent coffee table book.

A final note: This isn't a good book to take to the bar. Although the paper is glossy and high-quality, it does hold oils from fingerprints fairly easily, and I was reading the book with clean hands.
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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
If you're a beer snob or a home brewer, this is a great coffee table (beer table?) book. Fun to browse and beautiful to behold. It's a good conversation piece and it is wide-reaching in scope. But there's not enough depth for anyone expecting a comprehensive reference.

The book is beautifully constructed with high quality, delicious-looking photos and image. It covers all the basics you would expect such a book to cover, from the brewing process, to the beers themselves (well, quite a few of them at least).

I do have to say that there's more style than substance here. I was disappointed that only the first few pages actually cover the central questions and qualities of beer itself. The introduction starts with a very brief timeline overview of beer history--spanning a whopping 2 pages. Considering beer history goes back to 7,000 BCE, I think there's more they could discuss. Then, another 2 pages detail "the Craft Beer Revolution". OK. But they never really framed the "problem" that the craft beer revolution was trying to solve. Another two pages detail the entire brewing process, with all of its intricacies and nuances. You can see where I might feel let down for lack of details.

The next 2 pages break the entire universe of beer into 8 "Beer Styles". Lagers don't even figure into this classification system (indeed they are barely mentioned, except to note that "some [pilsners] are laggered". They make some interesting choices here without really explaining them (why are imperial stouts a separate class from "porter & stout" for example). Much is left to my imagination, like where would saison might fit into this breakdown. This doesn't really give a good sense of the beer family tree.

The next 2 pages have a decent, guide to pouring and tasting.
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Beautiful coffee table book! This book has do many interesting facts about beer that I would have never known. Plus it's like a grocery list of beers I would love to try from around the world. My boyfriend loves it!
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