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Three new books bring expert beer knowledge within reach.

make_some_beer_pileWe can’t collect enough beer books. Hanging around in our own brewery (OK, garage), it’s just so nice to pick one up and leaf through. These three books out in the past few months run the gamut from the basics of brewing at home to pairing beers with recipes and the mysteries of sour beer, arguably the most tricky style to appreciate, much less master.

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And read on for the skinny on three great new books that will deepen your knowledge of the beautiful brew.

Make Some Beer
By Erica Shea and Stephen Valand (Clarkson Potter, May 2014)

The subtitle (“Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg”) is a bit deceiving: there’s much more to this breezy book than brewing instructions. Alongside smart, one-page guides to contemporary beer styles (double IPA; farmhouse ale; kriek), you’ll find easy recipes for savory beer bites (moules a la biere; beer beef jerky; onion soup), brewery histories, and travel tips.

The Foodie’s Beer Book
By Brooke and Luther Fedora (Skyhorse, August 2014)

The Fedoras graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and later opened their Charlottesville, VA gastropub, the Horse & Hound. Their seasonal guide to classic and contemporary beer cuisine includes everything from beer-marinated oysters to donuts and doppelbock pastry cream.

American Sour Beers
By Michael Tonsmeire (Brewers Publications, July 2014)

With a foreword by Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo, the promise of this super-technical book is that it will reveal the secrets of sour beer. Mission accomplished. Densely packed with history, how-tos, and other insights into the making of the various beguiling brews sweeping American taprooms, Tonsmeire’s book is an instant classic, indispensable for fans—and aspiring brewers—of beer’s most demanding styles.

Photo credit: Brooklyn Brew Shop

Travel
Win Your Way to Denver’s Biggest Bash

With summer fading, our thoughts turn to fall and winter’s big beers—and bigger fests, from the Big Daddy GABF to Vail Big Beers and many in between. Trouble is, GABF is already sold out. Like crazed One Direction fans, all you insatiable beer lovers have managed to hoover......

Travel
Indiana Jones

Who says craft beer hasn’t taken hold in the heartland? To name just one, the state of Indiana is home to over 80 craft breweries and counting. Its capital Indianapolis alone (pop. 820,445) has 18-plus within city limits. Count one hour outside the city and double that. With the......

Craft Brewers
42 Reasons To Love Craft Beer

Douglas Adams joked that 42 is the answer to everything in his mega bestseller The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy , so that’s reason enough we’ll pick that number for a run down of the reasons we’re loving beer in the late summer of 2014. Why do you love craft......

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