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Top Books About Craft Beer

A selection of great resources to help you get the most out of your craft beer experience. From history to cooking and tasting here are a few of Beer Me BC’s favourite books about the delicious libation: Craft Beer!

Craft Beer Revolution, 2nd Ed: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries

Joe-Wiebe-Craft-Beer-RevolutionJoe Wiebe – The definitive guide to British Columbia’s craft breweries.

The most detailed compilation of British Columbia’s craft breweries is now more comprehensive than ever! Since the first edition of Craft Beer Revolution was published in 2013, twenty-seven new breweries have opened and another dozen or more are scheduled to open by mid-2015. Joe Wiebe, the Thirsty Writer, revisits the established ales and lagers and explores the provinceís freshest new hoppy IPAs and strong stouts in this completely revised and updated guide.

With profiles of BC’s finest craft breweries, as well as tap lists, bottle shops and an insider’s look at the people behind the kegs and casks, Craft Beer Revolution, 2nd Edition explains how to best experience the beer phenomenon that ís sweeping the province.

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The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook

canadian-craft-beer-cookbookDavid Ort, author of the popular blog Food with Legs, gives us a lively and engaging introduction to craft beer as well as an across-the-board set of recipes that use craft beer as an ingredient. Starters and snacks, noodles and rice, seafood and meat and poultry, even beer cocktails and sweets and desserts make an appearance (Oak-Aged Old-Ale Ice Cream, anyone?).

Dishes such as Beer Fondue and Currywurst are new twists on old classics. The Beer Pantry section has mouth-watering condiments: Pumpkin Ale Mustard and Wild Beer Vinegar, to name just two. Each recipe includes a recommendation for a specific Canadian craft beer as the beer ingredient. With profiles of craft-beer makers across Canada, The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook is ideal for craft-beer experts and novices, and for anyone who delights in ramping up the taste of their favourite dishes with something different.

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The Complete Beer Course:

The-Complete-Beer-CourseJoshua M. Bernstein – Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

It’s a great time to be a beer drinker, but also the most confusing, thanks to the dizzying array of available draft beers. Expert Joshua Bernstein comes to the rescue with The Complete Beer Course, demystifying the sudsy stuff and breaking down the elements that make a beer’s flavor spin into distinctively different and delicious directions. Structured around a series of easy-to-follow classes, his course hops from lagers and pilsners to hazy wheat beers, Belgian-style abbey and Trappist ales, aromatic pale ales and bitter IPAs, roasty stouts, barrel-aged brews, belly-warming barley wines, and mouth-puckering sour ales. There is even a class on international beer styles and another on pairing beer with food and starting your own beer cellar. Through suggested, targeted tastings, you’ll learn when to drink down-and when to dump those suds down a drain.

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Tasting Beer:

Tasting-Beer-An-Insiders-Guide-to-the-Worlds-Greatest-DrinkRandy Mosher – An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink

For everyone who has known the pleasure of a pint, Randy Mosher explores and explains the tasting experience, guiding readers to a better understanding of how every batch of beer is affected by recipe formulation, brewhouse procedures, yeasts, fermentations, carbonation, filtration, packaging, and much more. Readers will learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouth-feel of all the major beer styles. There are also chapters on proper serving and storage conditions, and classic beer and food pairings. Finally, the book includes a style-by-style compendium of the different brews within major beer families, including American craft brews, British lagers, German ales, and Belgian Dubbels. For each style, Mosher includes historical and regional facts, taste and aroma characteristics, seasonal availability, food pairings, and a few terrific recommendations for readers to sample.

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The Brewmaster’s Table:

The-Brewmasters-Table-Discovering-the-Pleasures-of-Real-Beer-with-Real-FoodGarett Oliver –Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food

Traditional craft-brewed beer can transform a meal from everyday to extraordinary. It’s an affordable, accessible luxury. Yet most people are only familiar with the mass-market variety. Have you tasted the real thing?

In The Brewmaster’s Table, Garrett Oliver, America’s foremost authority on beer and brewmaster of the acclaimed Brooklyn Brewery, reveals why real beer is the perfect partner to any dining experience. He explains how beer is made, relays its fascinating history, and, accompanied by Denny Tillman’s exquisite photographs, conducts an insider’s tour through the amazing range of flavors displayed by distinct styles of beer from around the world. Most important, he shows how real beer, which is far more versatile than wine, intensifies flavors when it’s appropriately paired with foods, creating brilliant matches most people have never imagined: a brightly citric Belgian wheat beer with a goat cheese salad, a sharply aromatic pale ale to complement spicy tacos, an earthy German bock beer to match a porcini risotto, even a fruity framboise to accompany a slice of chocolate truffle cake. Whether you’re a beer aficionado, a passionate cook, or just someone who loves a great dinner, this book will indeed be a revelation.

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hedonistichopsHedonistic Hops:

Marie & Michael Porter –The HopHeads’ Guide to Kitchen Badassery

Hops are prized for their ability to impart varied, complex flavours to beer… but did you know they can also be used culinarily? As a recipe developer / cookbook author married to an enthusiastic hophead, Marie Porter has created many amazing recipes featuring the bitter flower. These recipes have been wildly popular not only with her friends and family, but on her food & lifestyle blog, Celebration Generation. Now, she has developed an entire cookbook of hop recipes – the first of its kind! While hops may seem like a bizarre or exotic item to cook with, it’s the same as using other herbs and spices in your kitchen… you just have to know what to do with them! From condiments, sides, and main dishes, to beverages and desserts.

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