With all of the recent interest on social media websites about beer possibly playing a role in our brains’ protection, it reminded me that beer can also help our brain through learning. So go ahead and pick up a book pertaining to beer and indulge yourself (beer included of course). As for the reads, there is no dearth out there of great books with an ever expanding library as the craft movement continues to grow. So after a long day, pick up a book, a beer and learn something new.
My hands-down favorite read thus far has been Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink written by Randy Mosher. It was initially loaned to me by a very helpful beer representative (thanks Kris!), to help prepare for the Cicerone Beer Server Certification exam. What a fantastically encompassing book it proved to be. When I say this book is encompassing, it is by no means an exaggeration. Broken into 14 chapters, Mosher touches on the history of beer and provides a chapter introducing readers to our sensory systems. The book continues introducing the reader to vocabulary terms pertinent to the industry and provides an informative stance on evaluating different beers. He delves deeper into the finer nuances of enjoying beer devoting a chapter to beer and food pairing. Mosher finishes with several chapters devoted to the classifications of different beer styles based on geographic area. At a little over 200 pages this book is easy to devour, especially with Mosher’s writing style. It is highly inviting, he employs humor at times and offers suggestions with an emphasis to try what works for you personally. Needless to say I acquired my own copy of the book quickly, and at $10-15 it is a wonderful investment that I still continue to reference.
Bennett Clark, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits beer consultant – Port Orange
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