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1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die (1001 (Universe))

The world’s best beers—from Europe’s classics to the latest new-wave microbrew sensations. Finally, a book that treats beer as seriously as wine! This latest volume in the acclaimed 1001 series supplies the connoisseurs’ scoop on ferreting out the best among an ever-increasing array of available brews—from exotic foreign beers to the constantly evolving world of American microbrews and homebrews. The book focuses on the world of premium beers—from obscure labels to such traditional yet supremely local brands as Shiner (Austin, Texas), from Czech pilsners to German lagers, Belgian wheat beers, and Trappists ales, not to mention the classic British porters and Irish stouts—every type of beer is covered, making this the "go-to" volume for serious beer lovers. No mere catalogue or encyclopedia, the volume features critical tasting notes and subjective assessments that will help match the right beer to the right occasion. Is this beer light, crisp, and refreshing (good for a picnic), or dry, bitter, and appetizing? Each description includes notes on the flavor and body of the beer, explains why it tastes the way it does, and describes strength and ideal serving temperature.

Series: 1001 (Universe)

Hardcover: 960 pages

Publisher: Universe; 1st edition (March 23, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0789320258

ISBN-13: 978-0789320254

Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.5 x 8.6 inches

Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #44,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #12 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Beverages & Wine > Wine & Spirits > Wine Tasting #51 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Beverages & Wine > Beer

Finally, here's one for the beer drinkers among us. Let me know if this is you: You long ago found yourself wanting something more from the standard American light lager that you'd been quaffing for years. You've dabbled in craft and micro brews that became all the rage back in the 90s and then you started to really reach out by getting online or buying these new beer lovers' magazines that regaled you with storied brews from around the globe. That led to tracking down these hard-to-find beers during business trips and personal travels. And next thing you know, you think of major cities in terms of your ability to locate these (i.e., New Orleans? Martin Wine Cellar has a great assortment of Belgian beers.).Is that you? Yeah, it's me as well. OK, now that we've determined who are kindred spirits here, let me ask you this question: Do you have a "bucket list" of beers? You know what I mean, a list of beers that you're seeking out, checking off each one as you find them. Personally, I never had anything written down although I did sort of adopt that CAMRA book, "300 Beers to Try Before You Die", as my list. But now I've discovered that is just a starting place because there's a new book out, "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones ($36.95, Universe, 960 pp.).As you would suspect of a book touting a list of this length, this book is massive! It is a chunk to pick up. But that's OK because it is so well done and entertaining to read. The theme behind it comes from a series of books by the publisher. Other titles in the series are (shortened for brevity's sake) "...Foods You Must Taste...", "...Wines You Must Taste...". "...Albums You Must Hear...", "...Book You Must Read..." and "...Building You Must See...".

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