Good Books – Dick Cantwell’s Brewing Eclectic IPA

American Craft Beer delivers craft beer news and lifestyle 24/7 and because we do, we’re sometimes sent books to review. And we recently received a fun new book from a friend of ours (hell, Cantwell’s a friend to the entire craft beer industry) but he does know brewing and how to write…

Dick Cantwell is an industry legend, he’s also a renaissance man of sorts…Not only did he co-found Elysian Brewing back in 1996, he served as its head brewer, overseeing many Great American Beer Festival awards, until its sale to Anheuser-Busch in 2015.

In 2004, Cantwell received the Brewers Association’s ‘Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing’ and he was just getting going…

He’s a respected beer judge, both nationally and internationally, as well as having served as the Brewers Association’s Quality Ambassador. And most recently he became the director of brewing operations at Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco.

And he never seems to stop writing…

Not only has Cantwell written for numerous beer magazines over the years…he’s authored several books (all released by Brewers Publications) including  Barley Wine with Fal Allen, The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition, and Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide, a great book he co-authored with Peter Bouckaert in 2016.

Which brings to his latest opus, that takes craft beer’s most popular style in exciting new directions…

Dick Cantwell’s Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale  is a high dive into craft beer’s most popular style that takes its title seriously.

Brewing Eclectic IPA not only takes on the style’s history and evolution, it explores the India Pale Ale’s seemingly unlimited possibilities…And tapping into his decades of brewing experience Cantwell provides the kind of good-natured and seasoned guidance that does indeed push the boundaries of what the IPA can be…

Cantwell’s latest also offers up 25 original IPA recipes that prove his point…paradigm-shifting directions like Guava Habanero Double IPA, Cucumber Meyer Lemon IPA, Marijuana IPA and Coffee-Cacao IPA.

If you think that the New England IPA is the style’s final iteration, Brewing Eclectic IPA quickly puts an end to that kind of thinking in an entertaining and always engaging manner.

Dick Cantwell’s fun new book does make you want to drink though…but always IPA’s…and there’s no downside to that!

 

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