An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink
by Randy Mosher
Beer. It's the most popular drink in the world. Enjoyed at ballparks, in
home-away-from-home pubs, on the family room sofa, and in every kind of
restaurant, beer is at ease in any setting. For all beer lovers who
have known the pleasure of draining a pint, Randy Mosher explores and
explains the complete tasting experience as it applies to all the
wonderful brews of the world.
Beer may be the common beverage of
the people, but it is far from simple. With 10,000 years of history,
more than 900 identified flavors, dozens of styles, and thousands of
breweries around the world, beer is as complex as its grape-based
neighbors in the liquor stores. It is an artistic creation, brewed from
dozens of possible ingredients and processed in hundreds of different
ways. Mosher guides readers to a better understanding of how every batch
of beer is affected by each of the brewmaster's choices — recipe
formulation, brewhouse procedures, yeasts, fermentations, carbonation,
filtration, packaging, and much more.
Beer can be light, dark,
mild, strong, flat, or fizzy. Hundreds of tastes can be detected in
beer, from resin to toast, and from apple to smoke. Readers will learn
how to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouth-feel of all the
major beer styles. There are also chapters on proper serving and storage
conditions, and classic beer and food pairings.
The second half
of the book is a style-by-style compendium of the different brews within
major beer families, including American craft brews, British lagers,
German ales, and Belgian Dubbels. For each style there are historical
and regional facts, taste and aroma characteristics, seasonal
availability, food pairings, and a few terrific recommendations for
readers to sample.