The Complete Guide to Beer is a comprehensive and authoritative guide that works to satisfy the curiosity of beer lovers who want to know where their favorite brews come from as well as the full range of exciting possibilities which lie behind each pint. From the first rancid glass of fermented barley water in Egypt to the major global industry of today you can follow the development of beer brewing through history. Learn fascinating facts about hundreds of individual beers and the breweries that make them -- from the ancient breweries of Bohemia and Flanders, through the exotic breweries of India and Japan to America's booming modern microbreweries. The different styles and flavors of the world's beers are explored -- hoppy bitters, pale and mild ales, dark lagers, Pilsner and fruit beers -- and how their distinctive tastes developed. Practical tips are also included, such as the secrets of serving, storing, and tasting beer, which beers best compliment different meals, and recipes for beer cocktails and beer-laden food. A comprehensive catalogue, broken down by region, takes readers on a definitive, globetrotting tour through the world's brews. This section will answer questions about hundreds of major beers, including obscure inquiries like which brewery produces McFarland Golden Fire?, and What does Rhino Chaser's Amber Ale taste like? Illustrated with vivid color photographs that comprehensively and beautifully illustrate the world of beer production, history, and culture, The Complete Guide to Beer an absorbing celebration of this ancient and satisfying drink.