Hard to believe that the calendar has flipped to November. The leftover Halloween candy isn’t looking too good at this point and the supermarkets are all getting their frozen turkeys delivered. Must mean it’s time to start the task of writing out a gift list for all the family members, and that includes the craft beer lover in your life too!
AmericanCraftBeer.com obviously enjoys reading books on beer, how it’s made, its history, and how it’s enjoyed all over the world. Why not stuff your stockings full of books about your favorite beverage? Curl up with your Kindle in one hand and a nice Deschutes Brewery Jubelale in the other? Sounds like a great plan to us! Here are five suggestions to get you going:
Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution by Joshua M. Bernstein
Brewed Awakening is a hipster’s take on the emerging American craft beer scene. Beautifully designed and wonderfully laid out, this book is the ultimate beer geek’s companion. From the movement players that he chronicles to the beer events and festivals that he highlights Bernstein covers the scene with immediacy and passion and we loved it!
The Great American Ale Trail: The Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation by Christian DeBenedetti
The Great American Ale Trail is an ACB favorite and the definitive guide to the best places to drink craft beer in America. Author Christian DeBenedetti has traveled the country in search of the worthiest beer destinations and he lists them all here. Featuring hundreds of entries, including top-ten lists for “Best Dive Bars for Craft Beer Lovers”, “Best Beer Festivals”, and “Best Beer Cities”, The Great American Ale Trail is a “must have” for craft beer travelers everywhere!
The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance by Greg Koch
The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. is an insider’s guide to all things Stone. It’s one part history ,focusing on the roots of Stone Brewing Co., one part brewer’s guide, sharing homebrew recipes for many of its celebrated beers including Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, and one part cookbook featuring recipes from the “Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens” like Garlic, Cheddar, and Stone Ruination IPA Soup and their legendary Arrogant Bastard Ale Onion Rings. The Craft of Stone Brewing Co is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the leaders of the craft beer scene and required reading for Stone fans everywhere!
IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale by Mitch Steele
Stone Brewing’s Brewmaster Mitch Steele takes you on history lesson of the most popular beer style in the United States. Steeped in a long history, the IPA story is told over the centuries starting out with its birth in Great Britain to its modern day incarnations of hop monsters. This book includes 48 recipes for historical replications of IPA and clones of some of today’s most popular versions from Pizza Port, Dogfish Head, Stone, Firestone Walker, Russian River, and Deschutes.
Man Walks Into a Pub: A Sociable History of Beer by Pete Brown
Get a Brit’s take on the history of beer as author Pete Brown takes us on journey from ancient Egypt to last call last week. The stalwart of British society, the humble pub get its story told here in a fun and entertaining way.
Other suggested titles:
Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike by Lucy Burningham and Ellee Thalheimer
Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing by Anne Fitten Glenn