The best books to learn about beer

Ruthie Robinson Author Of Games We Play
By Ruthie Robinson

Who am I?

My name is Ruthie Robinson, and I write romance because I love romance. I also love to research and learn new things, so if I can find a topic I know nothing about, study it enough to throw it into a love story, then life is golden. Games We Play is a love story first, but there’s also beer and bingo. I wrote it just after the start of the craft-beer craze. Games We Play is also a book about bingo halls, which I also enjoyed attending and learning about. So many of the interesting characters who find a home in my stories can be found at both beer joints and bingo halls.


I wrote...

Games We Play

By Ruthie Robinson,

Book cover of Games We Play

What is my book about?

Money may not be the root of all evil, but for Barnabus Lee Cooper (Coop), the recipient of his family’s vast fortune, it can be a burden. Coopersville, located in Central Texas, is home to his ancestor’s dark past, and the acts of his family still loom over his future. Coop is seeking two things in a woman—someone who can see beyond the money to the man beneath and someone he can trust with his past. 

Kendall Edwards, a professor of Business at the University is weary. Having grown up under the hands of an opportunistic mother, for whom the lure of money was everything, she wants as far away from that as she can get. Can these two get past their family’s legacies and find the best in each other?

The books I picked & why

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

By Randy Mosher,

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

Why this book?

I signed up for my first pub crawl and I purchased this book in preparation. Minus my one trip to Ireland where we received a complimentary beer after touring the Guinness plant, my beer drinking had been limited to the occasional drink with dinner. This book introduced me to what to look for when choosing a beer. What ingredients give each beer its taste and color? The difference between lagers, ales, stouts, and porters, to name a few beer types. Ales, I have found, are my favorite. Golden ales make my palate sing. I now know the reason I like what I like, and this book helped me gain that knowledge.

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

By Randy Mosher,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Tasting Beer as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This completely updated second edition of the best-selling beer resource features the most current information on beer styles, flavour profiles, sensory evaluation guidelines, craft beer trends, food and beer pairings, and draft beer systems. You'll learn to identify the scents, colours, flavours, mouth-feel, and vocabulary of the major beer styles -- including ales, lagers, weissbeirs, and Belgian beers -- and develop a more nuanced understanding of your favourite brews with in- depth sections on recent developments in the science of taste. Spirited drinkers will also enjoy the new section on beer cocktails that round out this comprehensive volume.


The Oxford Companion to Beer

By Garrett Oliver (editor),

Book cover of The Oxford Companion to Beer

Why this book?

I love this book for its size alone, as it clocks in at about 800 pages. I love a hefty book, and this sure is one. It’s also pretty, but mostly it’s a dictionary for just about anything you want to know about beer. It’s a great reference.

The Oxford Companion to Beer

By Garrett Oliver (editor),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Oxford Companion to Beer as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

For millennia, beer has been a staple beverage in cultures across the globe. After water and tea, it is the most popular drink in the world, and it is at the centre centre of an over $450 billion industry. With the emergence of craft brewing and homebrewing, beer is experiencing a renaissance that is expanding the reach of the beer culture even further, bringing the art of brewing into homes and widening the interest in beer as an important cultural item. The Oxford Companion to Beer is the
first reference work to fully investigate the history and vast scope of…


The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

By Charlie Papazian,

Book cover of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

Why this book?

The natural next step was, of course, brewing my own beer. I took myself to the local beer, home-brewing store and purchased a starter kit. The process wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, nor was the beer I produced as bad as I thought it would be. This book was helpful in making both processes easier. Everything you need is inside, from the history of beer to how to do it yourself, plus loads and loads of recipes for more serious beer brewing.

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

By Charlie Papazian,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Complete Joy of Homebrewing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing is the essential guide to understanding and making beer, from stouts, ales, lagers, and bitters, to specialty beers and meads. Everything to get started is here: the basics of building a home brewery, world-class proven recipes, easy-to-follow instruction, and the latest advancements in brewing. Master brewer Charlie Papazian also includes the history and loreof beer, the science behind brewing, and tips on how to create your own original ale. The fully updated edition of the book expands on various styles of beer using easy to follow charts, different varieties of hops and their uses, and…


Good Beer Guide Belgium

By Tim Webb, Joe Stange,

Book cover of Good Beer Guide Belgium

Why this book?

After tasting many beers in my research quest, I honed in on Belgium beers, which are my favorites. I like strong blondes, lol. Blue Moon types, golden with a hint of oranges, or other types of citrus fruits. This book is a guide to all things Belgium brewing. A guide to traveling to Belgium, to the beers Belgium brewers produce and where you can find them. This is a guidebook for brewery tours, pubs, and cafes. If you find yourself in the country and in need of a guide, this is the book for you.

Good Beer Guide Belgium

By Tim Webb, Joe Stange,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Good Beer Guide Belgium as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Up to 1.8 million Britons visit Belgium every year and the 7th edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide Belgium is an indispensible companion. This complete guide to the world of Belgian beer is packed with information on breweries, beers and bars from around the country. It also features comprehensive advice on getting there, what to eat, where to stay and how to bring the best of Belgium's beer offering back home with you. The guide contains full-colour province-by-province maps and detailed city maps with bar locations and includes details on over 500 bars and cafes.


The Complete Guide to Beer

By Brian Glover,

Book cover of The Complete Guide to Beer

Why this book?

Beers of the world is as the title suggests, an introduction to the many types of beer to be had in the world. The book begins with a brief history and a guide to beer ingredients. From there, it’s a trip around the world. Did you know the US is the largest producer of malt or that the Incas of Latin America brewed with maize? Just a few interesting facts found in this guide.

The Complete Guide to Beer

By Brian Glover,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Complete Guide to Beer as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This title follows the development of beer brewing through history, from ancient Egypt to the present day. Discover the secrets of serving, storing and tasting beer, how beer is brewed and the breweries that produce the best beers.


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