CBC Beer Book Gift Guide

The CBC Beer Book Gift Guide

Happy Holidays, Beer Geek! Yes, you, your fun family member, significant other, and your friend who just got into beer….especially if they’re a bibliophile. If you’re not buying them beer (or a gift card!)- grab ‘em one of these books!

 

FOR SERIOUS BEER GEEKS

 

The Brewing Elements Series from the Brewer’s Association:

 

Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski 
This book goes over water sources, quality and geography, how to read water reports, understanding flavor contributions, and the treatment and chemistry of brewing water.

 

Malt by John Mallett (Bell’s)
Malt is the often called the soul of beer. This book is comprehensive covering barley and the malting process.

 

Hops by Stan Hieronymus
Covering farming, selection, chemistry, info on over 100 hop varieties, and 16 recipes. 

 

Yeast by Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff
Yeast covers yeast selection, storage and handling of yeast cultures, how to culture yeast & set up a yeast lab, the basics of fermentation science and how it affects your beer, plus step by step procedures, equipment lists and a guide to troubleshooting.

 

FOR HOMEBREWERS

 

How to Brew by John Palmer
The definitive book on making quality beers at home.

 

Farmhouse Ales by Phil Markowski (Two Roads)
Today’s farmhouse styles resulted from years of evolution, refinement, interpretation and re-interpretation of the simple, rustic Saison and Biere de Garde brews. This book defines these styles in modern and historical terms while guiding today’s brewers toward credible and enjoyable reproductions of these old world classics.

 

American Sour Beers by Michael Tonsmeire
This book details the wide array of processes and ingredients in American sour beer production, with actionable advice for each stage of the brewing process.

 

FOR THOSE NEW TO BEER

 

Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher
Randy explores and explains beer tasting as well as many beer styles and their: historical and regional facts, taste and aroma characteristics, seasonal availability, food pairings, and more. A must have book for any beer lover.

 

Beerology by Mirella Amato (Master Cicerone)
Beerology is the ultimate guide to exploring, understanding and enjoying the world of beer.

 

Beer for All Seasons by Randy Mosher
Randy Mosher leads you on a delicious tour of beer-tasting opportunities through the year. Organized by season, the book guides you through all the best summer fests and seasonal beer releases and helps you make the most of Craft Beer Week, Oktoberfest, and much more. It also describes the best beers to drink in each season — the ones that are perfect for lazy summer Saturdays, barbecues with friends, traditional Thanksgiving dinners, and icy winter nights. 

Virginia is the Products, Programming, and Educational Director for Craft Beer Cellar. In addition to being a Certified Cicerone, she is an Introductory Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Her home base is Chicago, but she’s often found in the Boston area, or wherever her passion for good food & drink takes her.

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