The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

  • By Joshua Bernstein
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Made in China

It’s a great time to be a drinker, but also the most confusing, thanks to the dizzying array of available draft beers. Joshua M. Bernstein comes to the rescue with The Beer , demystifying brews and breaking down the elements that make beer’s flavor spin into distinctively different and delicious directions. Structured around a series of easy-to-follow , his course hops lagers and pilsners to hazy wheat beers, Belgian-style abbey and Trappist ales, aromatic pale ales and bitter IPAs, roasty stouts, barrel-aged brews, belly-warming barley wines, and mouth-puckering sour ales. There is even a class on international beer styles and another on pairing beer with food and starting your own beer cellar. Throug

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Dana E. Bernstein

61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Engaging and informative. My new favorite beer book., October 6, 2013
This review is from: The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes (Hardcover)
I read Joshua’s other book, Brewed Awakening, and so Amazon recently recommended this book to me. This is a hefty hardcover and the magazine-style layout is eye-catching — there’s a mix of candid photos, behind-the-scenes peeks, and product images, which are really well done. His writing style is casual yet informative, as if you were chatting with a beer-savvy friend.

The book is essentially laid out in classes, which explore different styles of beers such as lagers, wheat beers, Belgians, IPAs, and sours. The chapters examine the brewing aspects for each beer style, historical background, sub-classes of beer, and facts, facts, facts. I love history, so it’s nice to get a thorough explanation of the origins of the Bavarian Purity Law and also of obscure beer styles. There are tasting recommendations for each sub-class of beer. However, living in the Midwest, a lot of the particular beers listed are not available to me here. The author was kind enough to provide alternate recommendations for just that reason.

The final chapter goes into cellaring beer and pairing beer with food (before this, my alcohol-pairing knowledge was pretty much limited to pairing white wine with fish and IPAs with spicy dishes). There are some solid guidelines to follow here, and I’m excited to try some out with friends. As with his previous book, this intriguing tome will help guide me in my travels, so that I’ll know where to go and what to try. I can’t wait to check out some of the gastropubs he mentions!

I am definitely happy with this book and it will be on my coffee table for the foreseeable future.

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Scott Underwood

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing, October 21, 2013
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Not just a big coffee table book, smart, witty and throughly engaging approach. Wonderful gift idea for any level of beer enthusiast in your life.
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lucybeercook

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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like sitting with a beer-savvy friend at the bar, October 25, 2013
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Imagine going out with a friend who knows a lot – really quite a lot – about beer and sitting at the bar becomes this great, long conversation about beer and how it is made, and how each style obtains characteristic flavors. This conversation makes you thirsty for more and amazingly, there’s a book to read that sounds just like your beer-savvy friend. We all have that friend in Josh Bernstein, who conducts home-brew hours and tastings all around NYC. Though I live far away, in Milwaukee, WI, I really enjoyed the guided tour from Josh, in print. What a treat! Well worth sharing with all your beer-loving friends.
Lucy Saunders
author, THE BEST OF AMERICAN BEER AND FOOD
organizer, conserve-greatlakes.com
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