The Complete Handbook of Beers and Brewing – By Brian GloverSaturday, August 16th, 2008
The Complete Handbook of Beers and Brewing – By Brian Glover
The beer lover’s guide to the world
This book is not about home brewing, it is about beer. Every page contains vivid color images of beer labels, bottles, ingredients, production, and people enjoying beer. The first section briefly covers the history of beer, its ingredients, production, and styles. The second, and much more lengthy section is an encyclopedia of beers from around the world organized by country and brewery with many pictures of the different labels and bottles.
If you are planning a trip to Europe to sample beers, avoid Norway, Sweden, and Finland because of their high tax rates on beer and historical restrictions on alcohol. “Norway levies the highest and most punitive rate of duty on beer in the world”, page 116
The best place to go is Belgium and Germany:
“About 30% of all the breweries in the world are in Germany.” page 146
“Make sure that the beer – four pints a week – goes to the troops under fire before any of the parties in the rear get at drop.” – Winston Churchill, in a note to the Secretary of State, 1944.
Topics Unique to this book:
History of beer and brewing
History of prohibition and brew during war times
Overview of large scale production of beer
Description of 75 different classifications of beer
Tour of beers from 32 regions