humor and homebrewing converge when the creative and prolific mind of
Randy Mosher explores the expressive side of beer in Radical Brewing.
sees homebrewingand by extension craft brewingas an antidote to
corporate, mass-market beers. Over two decades of brewing and beer
research, he has probed the depths of beer history in both his reading
and his brewing. Radical Brewing displays the many unique ales and
lagers that have resulted from his celebration of beer while serving as
a vehicle for discussing a creative, "outside the lines" approach to
modern brewing. Through it all, the reader is treated to Moshers
irresistible love of beer and brewing as well as some very humorous
asides on beer history.
The infectious spirit of homebrewing is
hard to resist when one reviews Moshers recipe for "Electric Aunt
Jemima Maple Buckwheat Ale," checks out the section on "(Not so Dumb)
Blonde Ales" or chuckles through his fanciful description of the birth
of beer featuring the ancient Harleh-riding Urs Angels. Best of all,
the two-color visually rich content comes in self-contained segments
that instantly engage readers no matter what page they turn to.
modern brewing books focus on the science of how to brewand Mosher has
mastered all of that. But in Radical Brewing, he focuses on the
creative, expressive opportunities available to those with a brew
kettle. Each chapter offers techniques and recipes as well as ideas for
independent exploration of new brewing frontiers. The result is a text
that both informs and inspires experienced brewers while providing an
engaging and intelligent introduction to the hobby for newcomers.