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Wine may accompany dinner and fine whisky a good book, but beer always seems to go better with life. Yet as with any companion, it should be chosen well and properly understood.And indeed The World Atlas of Beer by Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont delivers on both accounts. Further, this oversize, glossy book is also beautiful to look at, with its large photographs, colorful graphics, and clear design.
But don't be fooled by first impressions. The World Atlas of Beer is much more than a coffee table book. It starts with a section titled "The Nature of Beer," which is a history of the beverage, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the modern-day craft brewer. In several short chapters, the authors cover an amazing range of topics, such as:
- How beer is made
- The characteristics of the different beer styles
- Beer glassware, including their pros and cons
- Beer and food pairings
Each regional section of the atlas introduces us to the types of beer, describes some of the breweries, and provides a short history. You'll find a chart of the local best-sellers, a map of where to find the breweries, photos of bottles and labels, and tasting notes. Scattered throughout are stories about individuals, festivals, and ingredients. In other words, there's an amazing amount of information in The World Atlas of Beer.
One of the great features of the atlas is that Webb and Beaumont made sure the book could be used in a number of ways. For example, as you plan your next vacation, check the atlas to learn about the beers local to your destination. For more immediate fun, don't forget to plot out some local adventures as well. No matter where you live in the world, there are bound to be nearby breweries.
Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont must have felt extremely lucky when they set out to explore the world of beers, from the familiar bocks and porters to the extreme beers flavored with exotic ingredients. Beer lovers across the globe can look forward to many hours reading and using The World Atlas of Beer.
The scans are of pages 78 and 117 in the book, chosen to give you an idea of what you'll find in the atlas. Needless to say, the quality of the book far exceeds the quality of my scans. Click the images to enlarge them.
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Sterling Publishing / Sterling Epicure, 2012
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