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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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the beer wench -

I would say a book by Lucy Saunders deserves space on a beer book shelf. Cooking with Beer? Grilling with Beer? The Best of American Beer & Food? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_Saunders


Patrick Hirlehey -

Brewed in Canada: the untold story of Canada's 350-year-old brewing industry by Allen Winn Sneath. An interesting look at Canada's brewing heritage. Also, since it was printed in 2001, there is so much that is not in the book that has happened in the last 9 years, it interesting to see how brewing in Canada has changed, and how the macros became so macro.

Shamas -

As a homebrewer I admit these are slanted towards brewing, but they also have a good dose of history and info on specific commercial beers:
Brew Like a Monk by Stan Hieronymus
Classic Beer Styles: Barley Wine by Allen & Cantwell

Jeff Alworth -

Maureen Ogle's recent book is indispensable.

Alan -

Thanks all. Keep them coming.

Stan Hieronymus -

Alan - Let me be the first author to show up and say thanks for putting my book on your list ;>)

Looking over my shelves I must admit I have an awful lot of books that are specialized or technical (or both) so I'll suggest one I'm looking forward to: "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" by Daniel Okrent. Which I hope to get for Father's Day.

Then I'll probably be pulling "Facing Along the Bar" off the shelf and re-reading it.

Gary Gillman -

Michael Jackson's World Guide To Beer. As fine a book as The English Pub is, World Guide To Beer is a comprehensive look at world beer styles and as a bonus is beautifully written and illustrated. Michael's later books are often more detailed and up-to-date, but that first book is a modern classic and no one has equaled it since.


todd kuipers -

While I am not a brewer to any extend, beyond simple dabbling and horning in on other's activities, the one beer book that I've returned to more than any other, strangely enough, is George Fix's Principles of Brewing Science. Understanding where things can go wrong, with the organic chem to back it up, has made it a lasting book for me. (It's also outside the content of your starter list.)

And, since I'm here, the CamRA West Coast USA Good Beer Guide is one of the most entertaining books I've read. Well worth picking up, even if you're not heading down the Pacific coast.

Of course anything by Pete Brown, but you already tagged him.

Thanks much Alan - I'm going to track down your list.