Recently I read “The Brewer’s Apprentice: An Insider’s Guide to the Art and Craft of Beer Brewing, Taught by the Masters” by Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Company and Matt Allyn. While this book is definitely geared and intended for the homebrewer I feel any beer lover can gain a lot from this book.
As a beer lover with intentions of venturing into homebrewing (I know its taking me forever) this book appealed to me due to the amount of knowledge and information it shared from great brewers all around the world. However, as simply just a beer lover it was even better because, “An educated Beer Drinker is a better Beer Drinker!”
The books format is simple and basic which makes it nice. It starts out with a topic about brewing and some details about it, then it goes into a short Q&A with a brewer or member of the beer world with expertise in the topic and their advice and wisdom. The first few chapters are about the basic steps of brewing and hops before it really starts to get down and dirty about the finer art of brewing. After those first few chapters it gets into specifics about different styles including but not limited to; Lambic Brewing, Barrel Aging, Organic Brewing and Ciders.
I truly enjoyed the style of info about a specific topic by Greg and Matt followed up with a Q&A from a brewer or industry professional who was an expert in the topic or style at hand. One was able to learn a lot just from those sections alone.
Bottom line is this book makes a great addition to anyone’s beer library. I recommend this book for all beer lovers and not just the aspiring homebrewer or the proficient homebrewer as it truly offers something for everyone.
And that’s … From My Mellin!