Monday, 18 July 2016

A new guide to craft beer hits the spot

So you think you know all about craft beers? Can you pick a pilsner from a lager at a thousand paces? Know the difference between an amber ale and an IPA? 
No matter who much you know, or how good your palate is, you'll realise you don't know quite as much as you think you do after reading James Smith's impressive new book: The Great Australian Beer Guide.

Even if you do know your porters from your pales and your stouts from your saisons, you'll find plenty of useful info here. And reviews from brewers as diverse as Bright Brewery to Two Metre Tall.  

If you are keen to expand your beer horizons, James Smith (of The Crafty Pint and founder of Good Beer Week) is your man.

I, for one, was amazed by the diversity of both beers and styles that are now commonly available. And I'm not averse to the odd pint myself. 

Today there are well over 300 brewing companies operating in Australia, from tiny, shed-based ‘nano’ operations through brewpubs of all shapes and sizes to larger production breweries as well as ‘gypsy’ or contract brewers who don’t own their own kit. 

That means there is sure to be something to suit every beer drinker’s tastes. 

But where to start? From lagers, pale ales and IPAs to Belgians, barley wines and other oddities, this book has you covered.

Complete with an in-depth history of beer in Australia, a breakdown of the brewing process, style spotlights, brewery profiles and guides on how to store, serve, enjoy and match beer, this is a very enjoyable book - with something for everyone. 

Good layout; excellent typeface. Very nicely put together. 

The Great Australian Beer Guide by James Smith is published by Hardie Grant Publishing. $29.99.

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