Premium Beer Drinker's Guide: The World's Strongest, Boldest and Most Unusual Beers

by Stephen Beaumont

Firefly Books | July 10, 2000 | Trade Paperback |

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The sales of premium beer have increased for years as more and more beer drinkers discover the pleasures of a good premium beer can rival a fine bottle of wine. These beers are premium in every sense of the word -- rarity, pedigree, alcoholic content, body, taste and flavor. They are as distinct from a cold backyard beer on a hot summer day as a fine steak is from a hamburger.

The Premium Beer Drinker''s Guide is a beer guide like no other. Focused purely upon the elite styles of the world of beer -- exotic and mysterious brews like Trappist Ale, Lambic Gueuze, Doppelbock, Imperial Stout and Barley Wine -- it introduces beer lovers to some of the most intense, complex, potent and remarkable brews on the market today. Never before has one book provided beer drinkers with so much useful information about the world of premium beer.

Premium Beer Drinker''s Guide:

  • Reviews and recommends more than 60 international and domestic beers from Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, United States and Canada
  • Covers 31 beer styles, such as Lambic & Geuze, Weizenbock, Doppelbock, Cask-Flavored Ales, Abbey-Style Ales, Peated Malt Beers and Mulling Beers
  • Provides key ratings for every Classic Example: price, freshness and durability, and availability
  • Contains more than 80 full color illustrations, a beer glossary, a quick-reference guide with short descriptions and suggested foods that go well with that beer.


Premium Beer Drinker''s Guide makes fascinating reading for anyone who enjoys the finer things of life. It is also an invaluable guide to shopping for beer and for serving these wonderful brews to friends.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 6.69 × 9.84 × in

Published: July 10, 2000

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155209510X

ISBN - 13: 9781552095102

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Premium Beer Drinker's Guide: The World's Strongest, Boldest and Most Unusual Beers

Premium Beer Drinker's Guide: The World's Strongest, Boldest and Most Unusual Beers

by Stephen Beaumont

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 6.69 × 9.84 × in

Published: July 10, 2000

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155209510X

ISBN - 13: 9781552095102

About the Book

The sales of premium beer have increased for years as more and more beer drinkers discover the pleasures of a good premium beer can rival a fine bottle of wine. These beers are premium in every sense of the word -- rarity, pedigree, alcoholic content, body, taste and flavor. They are as distinct from a cold backyard beer on a hot summer day as a fine steak is from a hamburger.

The "Premium Beer Drinker's Guide" is a beer guide like no other. Focused purely upon the elite styles of the world of beer -- exotic and mysterious brews like Trappist Ale, Lambic Gueuze, Doppelbock, Imperial Stout and Barley Wine -- it introduces beer lovers to some of the most intense, complex, potent and remarkable brews on the market today. Never before has one book provided beer drinkers with so much useful information about the world of premium beer.

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From AN INTRODUCTION TO PREMIUM BEER   Premium Beer Defined   When I began drinking beer in the 1970s, the hierarchy of North American brews was pretty simple: there were regular beers and premium beers. The regular ones were those major-brewery products that we drank on a day-to-day basis, while the premium brands were the slightly more alcoholic offerings from those same breweries, the ones we ordered when we felt like going out on a limb. Imports were as scarce as well-hopped ales; and save for one or two offerings from the better regional breweries, craft-brewed beers were virtually nonexistent.   Immediately following the start of the craft-brewing renaissance - that wonderful period in the mid- 1980s when a wave of small breweries sprang up, producing small-batch beers full of flavor and replete with character - things did change but only slightly. Pretty much abandoning the premium beer segment to this new wave of microbreweries, the majors continued to fight for the ordinary beer market among themselves. Meanwhile, the trickle of imported brews slowly built itself up into a steady stream.   Today, the face of the beer market on the North American continent bears little resemblance to that of my earliest days as a beer enthusiast. Brands once thought of as ordinary have been reclassified as premium; those once viewed as premium have become known as superpremium or extrapremium; low-cost brews have flooded the market, putting price pressure on the be
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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO PREMIUM BEER

- Premium Beer Defined

- The Making of a Premium Beer

- The Myth of the Reinheitsgebot

- Domestic vs.  Imported: The Truth about Premium Beer

- Premium Beer at the Table

- A Final Word about Premium Beer

- Matching Beer and Food

- Glossary

- Key to the Classics

 

WHERE THE WILD YEASTS ARE

- Lambic and Gueuze

- Fruit Lambic

- Flemish Red and Brown Ales

 

WHY NOT WHEAT?

- Hefeweizen

- White Beer

- Weizenbock

 

HOPS GOOD, MORE HOPS BETTER

- North American Pale Ale

- India Pale Ale

 

BOCK To BASICS

- Bock

- Doppelbock

- Elsbock

 

FROM THE WOOD

- Cask-Conditioned Best Bitter

- Cask-Conditioned Strong Ale

- Cask-Flavored Ales

 

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

- Scotch Ale

- Imperial Stout

- Strong Stout and Porter

- Abbey-Style Ale

 

DEVILS IN DISGUISE

- Bière de Garde and Saison

- Strong Golden Ale

- Tripel

 

BEERS FOR THE CELLAR

- Barley Wine

- English Old Ale

- Trappist Ale

 

NOT YOUR AVERAGE BREW

- Rauchbler and Other Smoked Malt Beers

- Strange Grains

- Peated Malt Beer

 

BEERS BEYOND THE NORM

- Fruit Beers

- Spiced Beers

- Mulling Beers

- Festival and Seasonal Beers

 

The Premium Beer Drinker's Quick Guide

Brewery Addresses

Index

 

From the Publisher

The sales of premium beer have increased for years as more and more beer drinkers discover the pleasures of a good premium beer can rival a fine bottle of wine. These beers are premium in every sense of the word -- rarity, pedigree, alcoholic content, body, taste and flavor. They are as distinct from a cold backyard beer on a hot summer day as a fine steak is from a hamburger.

The Premium Beer Drinker''s Guide is a beer guide like no other. Focused purely upon the elite styles of the world of beer -- exotic and mysterious brews like Trappist Ale, Lambic Gueuze, Doppelbock, Imperial Stout and Barley Wine -- it introduces beer lovers to some of the most intense, complex, potent and remarkable brews on the market today. Never before has one book provided beer drinkers with so much useful information about the world of premium beer.

Premium Beer Drinker''s Guide:

  • Reviews and recommends more than 60 international and domestic beers from Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, United States and Canada
  • Covers 31 beer styles, such as Lambic & Geuze, Weizenbock, Doppelbock, Cask-Flavored Ales, Abbey-Style Ales, Peated Malt Beers and Mulling Beers
  • Provides key ratings for every Classic Example: price, freshness and durability, and availability
  • Contains more than 80 full color illustrations, a beer glossary, a quick-reference guide with short descriptions and suggested foods that go well with that beer.


Premium Beer Drinker''s Guide makes fascinating reading for anyone who enjoys the finer things of life. It is also an invaluable guide to shopping for beer and for serving these wonderful brews to friends.

About the Author

Stephen Beaumont is a leading international authority on beer. The author of four books, his writings on beer regularly appears in such publications as the Globe and Mail, Saveur, Food & Drink, SMOKE, Wine X, Wine Enthusiast, P.O.V., Malt Advocate, and his own monthly on-line beer magazine, Stephen Beaumont''s World of Beer at www.worldofbeer.com.

Stephen Beaumont

Editorial Reviews

You will savor this handsome guide ... Featuring clear photographs and crisp prose, it covers the latest trends. (Globe and Mail, November 25, 2000)

 

Concise description of brewing methods, unpretentious tasting notes ... with a lightly erudite touch ... nicely illustrated. (David Armstrong, San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, November 12, 2000)

 

The illustrations are excellent and the photography is mouth-watering. (Bill Brand, Oakland Tribune, November 22, 2000)

 

Thorough, smart, and accurate ... I wager Beaumont will soon have you longing for an Orval or an Old Crustacean or a Floreffe Dubbel. (Colman Andrews, Saveur, December 2000)

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