A book review! AND a book giveaway! Yep, you read that correctly! You guys do know that I can read, right? Well, I'm reading this book named above, and sub-sub titled From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes. I happen to have just finished the first class of twelve, The Beer Essentials, and have started into the meat of the book. However, since I don't ingest a book a week, I decided to tell you about the book now, so that you can get it in a timely fashion! Heck, maybe I'll see you in class!
So read on... There is a giveaway at the end of this review, for a copy of The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp For Beer Geeks (affiliate link) to take to beaches and bars or wherever you people go to read. The copy I'm reading and the copy the winner will receive are compliments of the publisher.
Beer writer Joshua Bernstein created this book in a straightforward way, approaching beer beginners and aficionados at the same time. The beginners will eat up the easy and interesting descriptions of how a beer is made, while the geeks will love things like the comprehensive hop variety descriptions. From just Class One, I personally enjoyed the hops variety lesson, the glassware lesson and the "negative/positive qualities descriptor terms" lesson.
As I mentioned, I'm just barely enrolled in this course, but I've managed to read enough more of the book by browsing, though I will definitely keep reading and studying. I really like the "Two To Taste" suggestions for each style with several backup options listed in case the stupid beer laws in this country make them unavailable to you. And this dude Joshua isn't giving you some BS beer choices either. He regularly disses the big boys and picks really delicious options for each style.
|Just one of three full pages of different hop varieties|
"Why do beers have to fit within neatly defined parameters? Short answer: they don't. To me, styles prove their worth as a general framework, a reference point for discussion, and a launch pad for future innovation. Consider style to be like an elastic waistband, stretching to accommodate a range of beers."And this dude also listed the top five beers he drank while writing this book in an un-air-conditioned Brooklyn home: Victory Prima Pils, Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Troegs Perpetual IPA, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, Allagash White. Pretty much, we can hang out, preferably where there is AC.
You guys should check out this book. The book jacket is beautiful, nice texture, color, interest. And the insides, the most important part, duh, is fun, entertaining, super informative and a very easy read. You will learn a lot and then be able to use this as a reference book for years to come. There is no way any of you know what character a Palisade or Delta hop will add to your homebrews!
So first, take a chance at winning a copy here. I know you all love my contests, but this one will be simpler than usual. In the comments section, write a paragraph about one area of the beer world that you'd like to know more about. Paragraphs are at least three sentences for this contest's purpose. Grammar matters too! What do you want to learn, why is it interesting to you, feel free to crack jokes and be funny, whatever. Keep in mind this is a giveaway from a real author and publisher so keep it PG-13. You can curse in another post.
I will pick a winner (my favorite) on Saturday 8/31 so don't delay. Don't worry, I won't play favorites. Deadline is 10 am Eastern on Saturday 8/31/13. Don't forget to leave me some clue as to who you are and how to reach you. (I'm talking to you, Anonymous!) If there is a dispute because I forgot something, I'll make something up to solve it later.
Update: If you are having problems with the comments or can't even see where the comments are, email me your entry firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll publish it here.