Let’s just say that you want to dive into the world of craft beer. Or even that you’re curious enough that you just want to know a bit more. Or maybe you’re just as much of a geek as I am and you just like to know stuff.
Let’s also assume that you’re starting with little more knowledge than knowing what IPA stands for and that Guinness is a stout. Or maybe less.
I was there once, we all were. No one is born with a head full of beer knowledge, and unlike other adult beverages, very few people were born into the world of beer. People are born into vineyards, or distilleries, but very few are born into breweries. Most of us start out knowing nothing, wondering what’s past the pale macro lager, dabbling in craft beer, and then wondering why it’s so much better than that stuff we chugged out of kegs in college. We seek out the knowledge, and most of us self educate. So, where do you start?
My picks for the best introduction to craft beer books, great for the beer novice, or even those who claim Beer Geek status:
The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer, By Christina Perozzi, Hallie Beaune*
The Brewmaster’s Table ,By Garrett Oliver*
The Oxford Companion to Beer, By Garrett Oliver
The Complete Beer Course, By Joshua M. Bernstein
Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink, By Randy Mosher
Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros, by Julia Herz and Gwen Conley
*two personal favorites of mine
If you know a great introduction to craft beer book let me know in the comments section.