The Beer Bible

The Beer Bible

by Jeff Alworth


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Winner of a 2016 IACP Award

The ultimate reader- and drinker-friendly guide to the world’s ales and beers, and the book that approaches the subject in the same way beer lovers do—by style, just like a welcoming pub menu.

Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and sour and wild ales—The Beer Bible covers everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of types of beers made, from bitters, sessions, and IPAs to weisses, wits, lambics, and more. Each style is a chapter unto itself, delving into origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, sub-styles, and tasting notes, and ending with a recommended list of the beers to know in each category. Infographic charts throughout make understanding the connection between styles and families immediately understandable.

The book is written for passionate beginners, who will love its “if you like X, try Y” feature; for intermediate beer lovers eager to go deeper; and for true geeks, who will find new information on every page.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761168119
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 155,789
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jeff Alworth has been writing about beer and brewing for twenty years. He is the author of The Beer Bible (Workman, 2015), Cider Made Simple (Chronicle, 2015), and The Beer Tasting Toolkit (Chronicle, 2012). He is a columnist for All About Beer and has written for a number of magazines and newspapers, and he blogs about beer at his popular site, Beervana. He lives and brews in Portland, Oregon.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

How to Use This Book ix

Part 1 Knowing Beer 1

Finding Your Bearings 2

From Gruel-Beer to Black IPA in 10,000 Years 11

How Beer Is Made 32

Tasting Beer Like a Brewer 58

Part 2 Ales 75

Bitters 78

Pale Ales 96

India Pale Ales 105

Mild Ales 122

Brown Ales 131

Porters and Stouts 140

American Ales 166

Barley Wines and Old Ales 191

American Strong Ales: Double or Triple IPAs 205

Scottish Ales 213

Ales of the Rhine: Kölsch and Altbier 229

Belgian Ales 243

Saisons and Rustic Belgian Ales 263

French Ales 281

Abbey and Trappist Ales 297

The Beers of Italy 318

Fresh-Hop Ales 332

Lesser-Known and Emerging Styles 338

Traditional Regional Ales 353

Part 3 Wheat Beers 361

German Weizen 364

Belgian Witbier 378

Tart German Wheat Ales: Berliner Weisse and Gose 389

Part 4 Lagers 399

Dark Lagers: Dunkel, Schwarzbier, and Czech Tmavé 402

Czech Lagers 414

Pale Lagers: Pilsner, Helles, and Dortmund Export 416

Amber Lagers: Märzen and Vienna Lager 438

Bocks 449

Mass-Market Lagers 464

Lesser-Known Lagers 474

Part 5 Tart and Wild Ales 491

The Lambic Family 494

The Tart Ales of Flanders 514

Wild Ales 528

Part 6 Enjoying Beer 541

Serving and Storing Beer 543

Pairing Beer with Food 554

At the Pub 563

Beer Tourism 576

Appendixes 595

Glossary 596

Style Origin Maps 602

Hop Varieties at a Glance 606

Bibliography 614

Tours and Interviews 617

Index 619

Credits 643

About the Author 644

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