Let me say first.. I love this book… I have played around with beer brewing for many years and I have books, and the internet, and I have recipes from fellow brewers, but I have never read a book like this. It starts with an introduction of two very enthusiastic and committed beer brewers and tasters. They have done extensive travelling in their quest of awesome beer much to the readers gain. The authors have added a refresher brewing chapter, as well as a quick rundown of brewing equipment and ingredients for those of us who may not partake in the craft on a regular basis. Who knew there were so many hops to choose from? Not I.
The book was divided into seasons giving us a history of specific breweries they have visited, with recipes not only five gallons, but smaller batches as well. And oh my, I cannot wait to try a few that really appeal to me. Dandelion Gruit, Hindy’s Chocolate Stout, Ranger Creek’s Mesquite Smoked Porter, Strawberry Rhubarb Strong Ale, and Peppercorn Rye. Add some recipes for cheeses, Spent Grain no Rise Pizza Dough, Abbey Onion Soup, Beer Beef Jerky, and Black Pepper Beer Poutine to name just a few and you have a well-rounded book that’s a pleasure to read even if you are not a brewer.
The authors also provide hints on planning a brew trip and a few local sources should you want to play around with creating your own brew.
I received this book from Blogging for Books and am writing an honest opinion.