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Best-selling author Jeff Alworth takes serious beer aficionados on a behind-the-scenes tour of 26 major European and North American breweries that create some of the world's most classic beers. Learn how the Irish make stout, the secrets of traditional Czech pilsner, and what makes English cask ale unique by delving deep into the specific techniques, equipment, and geographical factors that shape these distinctive styles. Contemporary brewers carrying on their traditions share insider knowledge and 26 original recipes to guide experienced homebrewers in developing your own special versions of each style.

©2017 Jeff Alworth (P)2017 Tantor

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Must read book for beer drinkers and beer brewers

This book is so important to read if you enjoy drinking beer. It is also a great reference of you ever plan to brew. excellently narrated also. I kept thinking the narrator had all the experience of the author. Booking ticket to Belgium now!

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Great for Novice to Advanced Brewers

This book does not contain recipes on how to clone 26 popular beers. Rather, it illustrates the history, culture, and other regional factors that led to the development of specific styles.
Part anthropology, part chemistry, part history, and part microbiology, each chapter walks the reader through the characteristics of a style of beer and the range of variety within it.
There are recipes at the end of each chapter with explanations on how to adjust ingredients and process to brew to your preferences while staying within that style.
I finished the book wanting to travel to each place mentioned, try the genuine article, and come home to make some of my own.

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great book inspiration from history

historical and modern techniques that help you brew an original beer. great reader and pace

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Worth listening to at least 30 to 40 times.

A romanticized tale of the brewing arts. Love this. An in depth look at at how styles are executed.

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An incredible book......BUT......

A fantastic insight into the world of beer and brewing, a must for those that brew and those that appreciate beer.......now the bad part......WHO had the moronic idea for the narrator to speak quotes and anecdotes in the accent of the originator? It was a really bad call as the flow of excellent information is peppered with Dick Van Dyke, Pepe Le Pew, an obvious American attempt at Irish, an obvious American attempt at Scottish, and so on.......it is embarrassingly grinding to say the least and spoils what is an excellent and informative resource to those interested in the world of beer. Maybe it won't bother you, but it drove me insane.

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Getting into the right headspace

All brewers have certain strengths. This book allowed me to get into the heads of the brewers that make their styles the best. It also gave me the opportunity to learn the tiny-yet-important details which make these beers great.