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7 Books Every Craft Beer Lover Should Own

Whether you like craft beer, or you’re looking for a gift for a friend or family member who is a beer lover, these 7 books about craft beer are a great starting point. From beer history, to recipes that involve cooking with beer, these books are sure to quench your thirst for beer knowledge and information.

The World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World

This book is a comprehensive and fully illustrated guide to beers from all over the world and included color photographs throughout. Beer lovers can enjoy reading tasting notes for over 500 beers from around the world.

Too bad I didn’t think of writing this book.


The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

This is a great “coffee table book”. It’s a great conversation piece and also gives great insights as to what elements of beers give them their unique and distinct flavors. The fact that it is structured as a 12 part course gives the reader a reason to sit down with a book and a beer.

Great for people who you want to turn into beer lovers.


The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries

The title says it all… take some amazing dishes, add beer to them, and BAM! This book features over 100 recipes from breweries and brew pubs and has everything from breakfast to dessert… they even through in some gluten free options.

Described by All About Beer magazine as “A cookbook for beer geeks.”


The Oxford Companion to Beer

This book is a reference account of the history and development of beer. It goes into depth on the components and ingredients in beer as well as some of the more advanced, or less known, techniques used in the brewing process as well as aging beers – not only about the techniques, but how they affect the beers final taste, texture, etc.

By Garret Oliver, the Brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery.


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

Into beer and/or brewing? This book walks you through the all the steps that a particular beer can go through and how each step affects the final product. The tasting topics include how to identify the following key points – scents, colors, flavors and mouth-feel.

Back Cover Text

Everybody knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it. Tasting Beer is a lively exploration of the culture, chemistry, and creativity that make craft beers so wonderfully complex…


Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beyond the Pale chronicles Ken Grossman’s journey from hobbyist homebrewer to owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of the most successful craft breweries in the United States.

From his youthful adventures to his experience in dealing with the complex landscape of the beer industry, Beyond the Pale chronicles Grossman’s trials and tribulations in building a brewery that now produces more than 800,000 barrels of beer annually.


The Craft Beer Cookbook: From IPAs and Bocks to Pilsners and Porters, 100 Artisanal Recipes for Cooking with Beer

Why not infuse your cooking with a little bit of beer? Now you can! Find recipes that will get you through your day from breakfast through dinner. I think the best summary of this book is as follows:
If you love beer: Get this book.
If you don’t love beer: Get this book.

The recipes in this book will stand up to any comparable recipe you can find.

About Brendan

A self employed e-commerce developer, Brendan co-created PartsLogix. In his "free time", he coaches volleyball, enjoys homebrewing, mountain biking and hacking up golf courses. Connect with him on Google+.