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Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink

by Randy Mosher

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Everyone knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it with an understanding of the finer points of brewing, serving, and food pairing. Discover the ingredients and brewing methods that make each variety unique and learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouthfeel of all the major beer styles. Recommendations for more than 50 types of beer from around the world encourage you to expand your horizons. Uncap the secrets in every bottle of the world's greatest drink! … (more)

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I actually do like this book quite a lot. It is well written, with lots of information. I do love the quotes he brings into the book, and this liven it up quite a lot.

While I am not a beer expert, I wonder if the USA is a beer heaven, as he claims. Possibly, yes. The march of tasteless beers due to steady commercialisation is inevitable.

Some of the technical aspects went over my head, and this is the only reason I give it four stars instead of five.

All in all, a really enjoyable book ( )
  RajivC | Aug 6, 2017 |
A good companion to the Beer Bible. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Mar 14, 2016 |
An authoritative accounting of the history and present status of beer. ( )
  Tatoosh | Jul 10, 2015 |
Randy Mosher is a delightful writer. his descriptions of beer and food couldn't be more passionate. his sense of humor is impeccable. this book is filled with nice charts and pictures of what he calls Breweriana (that is beer's wealth of material culture: labels, glassware, bottles, even brewery floor plans). nice, friendly design. the charts are very entertaining and well made: beer styles by color, bitterness and beer style, there is even a graph of the relationship between original gravity and international bitterness units.

although this book is not necessarily aimed at the homebrewer, if you are one, you will enjoy it. the book is aimed at the beer lover in general. it can get very specific at times but it's also an ongoing invitation to try things. the chapter on beer styles has suggestions for commercial brews to try, i feel it could be used as road map on my beer purchases.

i like that Randy is knowledgeable and playful at the same time. he can go from almost reverence to beer styles and the proper way of tasting them and enjoying them to wacky suggestions on mixed beer drinks (there is a recipe for beernog of all things). i like this book a lot. i'm not sure it would be a proper introduction to beer in general -it's not a beginner's book- but i haven't found that book yet and i wouldn't hesitate in recommending it regardless of your level of beer geekiness. ( )
  eeio | Jan 7, 2011 |
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Everyone knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it with an understanding of the finer points of brewing, serving, and food pairing. Discover the ingredients and brewing methods that make each variety unique and learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouthfeel of all the major beer styles. Recommendations for more than 50 types of beer from around the world encourage you to expand your horizons. Uncap the secrets in every bottle of the world's greatest drink! 

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