7 Books About Beer to Read Now

While most people have a bit more time on their hands, what better time to get stuck into a new book, and what better subject than beer? If you, like me, are looking for some learning, some tasting and some information then how about some of the list below:

1 – Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher

This is the perfect guide for anyone who’s interested in beer and wants to get to know more. “Everyone knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it” – the blurb really sums it up and this book makes it clear, easily understandable and something you’ll come back to again and again.

2 – Craft Brew: 50 Homebrew Recipes from the World’s Best Craft Breweries by Euan Ferguson

A great collection for the homebrewer – if you’re not yet at the point (like me) where you can make up your own recipes, this book gives you everything you need to replicate some of your favourite beers at home. It should take you some times getting through all these, and hopefully you’ll have some serious fun doing so!

3 – Beer School: A Crash Course in Craft Beer by Johnny Garrett

This book is great for a beginner, something easily readable with great illustrations to keep you interested and entertained. It covers everything you need to know, and will give you a broad range of knowledge to get you started on your beer journey.

4 –The Little Book of Craft Beer: A Guide to Over 100 of the World’s Finest Brews by Melissa Cole

A great little guide to some of the headline beers to try in different styles – it might not be revolutionary to someone who knows a lot about beer already, but it’s a perfect companion to have to hand, both in its size and it’s very clear and well-illustrated layout.

5- The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick

A fantastic read, one which gets you right to the heart of the author’s love for beer. This comes through clearly in the descriptions of his efforts to make beers through each chapter and for me was a really important book in the development of my interest in beers. I probably learned more from this book than any other, so would highly recommend.

6 – The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth

Another guide to the world of beer for the enthusiast – a bit more detailed than others above, so I would say something for those who have more of a familiarity but are looking to expand their knowledge. For me, this definitely helped to expand my knowledge of types of beer, brewing and tasting.

7 – Comic Book Story of Beer: A Chronicle of the World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 Bc to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution by Jonathan Hennessey

Finally, a book that breaks everything down visually – this book tells the story of beer from it’s very beginnings to the present day. Comics are always going to be easier to understand than the long written theory, but this is something accessible enough for newer beer fans and more experienced drinkers alike.

I would love to hear from you if you’ve read any of these books, or if you’re planning to look them up now! Are there any other books you’d recommend? Leave them in the comments below, or get in touch on Twitter, @craftynumber.

Beer gifts for Christmas

Unless you are more organised than I certainly am, then you’re still looking for Christmas gifts for that special person (or people). But what to get for the beer lover in your life? Or someone who has started to take an interest that you want to encourage? Well, I’ve found a few suggestions…

1 – Beer52 subscription

A Beer52 subscription is the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, keeping their fridge stocked through the year! Or if you don’t want to commit to the subscription, try a mixed case to get some beer juices flowing and make sure there’s something on the table next to the turkey.

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2 – The Good Beer Guide

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2020

The classic handbook to get exploring the finest pubs that Britain has to offer. This book will get your loved one inspired to try new beers and bars to drink them in.

3 – The Little Book of Craft Beer

Little Book of Craft Beer Melissa Cole

A great little guide to some of the headline beers to try in different styles – it might not be revolutionary to someone who knows a lot about beer already, but it’s a perfect companion to have to hand, both in its size and it’s very clear and well-illustrated layout.

4 – A comedy tea towel

Beer tea towel

A comedy tea towel, obviously.

5 – The Atlas of Beer

Atlas of Beer book

The Atlas of Beer – the coffee table book that anyone who likes beer will want. Full of photos to impress and intrigue.

6 – Shower beer can holder

Shower beer can holder
Disclaimer: drink a better beer than this

Another jokey one, but with serious implications – why wouldn’t you have a beer in the shower, right? This one is portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go: on holiday, the gym…

7 – Beer gift hamper

Beer Hawk gift hamper

A nice, balanced mixture of beers suitable for a beer lover or someone beginning to dip their toe in the water. Comes with a glass and some snacks to set your Christmas morning off in the right way.

8 – Beer koozies

Beer koozies

I learnt about koozies on a trip to the US about a year ago, and I’ve never looked back. These things keep your beer cold, and are an amazing conversation starter at any BBQ – perfect for someone who wants to tell everyone about the IPA they’ve brought.

9 – Bermondsey microbrewery tour

A full microbrewery experience in an area thick with microbreweries. One for me to write about another day, but the Brixton Beer Mile includes some excellent breweries all within a short walk of one another – as I wrote about here, an experience in a microbrewery can be a very rewarding experience, getting you up close with beers and their makers. Plus this one’s for two so you can hope to get an invite!