I am a reader. I love books, and I get cranky when I am away from them for too long. There are piles and drifts of books throughout the apartment that need to be collected and sorted every few weeks; library books go back, cookbooks re-shelved in the kitchen, knitting books put away near the yarn stash, fiction put back on the shelf in the hallway, and a place found for anything new I might have bought.
I noticed in the last clean-up that there is a new genre I need to find a bigger place for. I think I’ll put them where my poker books used to go.
From the top:
Pocket Beer Guide, Stephen Beaumont
I received a copy of this when I did the tasting session with Stephen at Cask Days. I took a look through it when I got it, but think I’ll get more out of it when travelling to the US at the end of the month.
History of the World in Six Glasses, Tom Standage
I read this book when it first came out in 2006, and really enjoyed the correlations between historical events and six beverages: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, cola. Yes, beer is only one-sixth of it, but it’s well-written and engaging enough that I think I’ll re-read it again soon.
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beer Tasting, Rita Kohn
I’m a bit disappointed in this book. It would be perfect if you were looking for a good overview of beer, but I was hoping for more detail on the beer tasting experience rather than a chapter or two. It seems quite pale after reading Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher. Very glad I got this a library book rather than buying a copy of my own.
Tasting Beer, Randy Mosher
I LOVE this book. I was hooked from the first pull-quote on the first page: Don’t even think about reading this book without a beer in your hand. I read it up a the cottage this summer in about a week. It looks like it’s been in a war. It’s had beer spilled on it, a leaf was used as a bookmark and left its imprint, it’s been half buried in the sand and travelled around through a rainstorm in leaky motorcycle luggage. I keep coming back to it as it successfully walks that line between entertaining and informative. So informative – there is a lot here. Randy Mosher’s writing style makes me feel like he’d be a good guy to sit and talk with over a few beers.
Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Beer Making Book, Shea & Valand
This one is a recent impulse buy. I was actually looking at David Ort’s Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook and this was beside it. I decided to get this one instead as 1) I already have a lot of food cookbooks, 2) this one is a beer cookbook with some very intriguing 1-gallon recipes, and 3) I could only afford one. I was flipping through it last night, and have pretty much decided to make the gingerbread ale as my third home brew. Of course, I will likely change my mind a few times between now and then.
True Brews, Emma Christensen
I found Emma Christensen’s blog during one of my many home brew research sessions. I think the keywords here might have been apartment, small batch home brew. I was getting discouraged until I saw this. Everything I’d seen up to this point had been about brewing five gallons or more which would never work in this one bedroom apartment with no storage space. I bought the book right away, excited by the thought of making not just beer, but cider, meads and sodas in my small kitchen. I’m just about ready to make the Mocha Stout from True Brews, expect another blog post about that process.
Beer, Food and Flavor, Schuyler Schultz
This is another library book that needs to go back soon. It has far more detail in it than the Idiot’s Guide to Beer Tasting, and seems to describe the sensory experience much better; however, I just don’t have time to dive into it too deeply right now as holiday and vacation preparation ramp up. Will check it back out again in January.
The Complete Beer Course, Joshua Berstein
This one was a gift that I had skimmed through one evening and then forgot about until now. Somehow, it ended up under some mail and my BBOCPKP (Big Bowl Of Christmas Present Knitting Projects). It’s gotten good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, but it might have to be another book that’s going to have to wait until the new year.