Just as the grassroots brewpub concept began almost 30 years ago, the past few yearshave seen the microdistilling movement starting to gather steam. At the forefront of both was Bill Owens, founder of the pioneering Buffalo Bill’s Brewery in Hayward, CA, in 1983.
Book Reviews - Full Pints September 1, 2010 - K. Florian Klemp
Book Reviews - Full Pints May 1, 2010 - Roger Protz
I hesitate to call Jeff Evans a veteran beer writer for fear he points a bony finger at the date on my birth certificate. But Jeff has been around the beer scene since the early 1990s and earned his spurs as a distinguished editor of the annual Good Beer Guide.
Book Reviews - Full Pints May 1, 2010 - Jeff Evans
The World Beer Guide was first published in 1995 under the title of The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Beer (there were a lot of “ultimates” doing the rounds at the time). It was a splendid book, big and glossy, packed with smart photographs of beers and breweries. Wrapped around the pictures was Roger Protz’s authoritative text.... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints January 1, 2010 - Lisa Morrison
Beer 101 classes are nothing new. Geared toward novice craft beer drinkers and even non-fans, such classes are held in pubs, breweries, bottle shops and tap houses across the country. Realbeer.com even featured an online version several years ago. Some are one-time events; others are regular events that cover different aspects of craft beer each... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints January 1, 2010 - Brian Yaeger
Ostensibly, this book reads more like a desktop page-a-day calendar that suggests a different beer to help get you through each day. But there is rhyme to author Jeff Evans’s reason, as well as some wordy heft.
Book Reviews - Full Pints September 1, 2009 - K. Florian Klemp
In spite of its very technical production and perceived alchemic mystery, beer should be lightly thought-provoking and imminently enjoyable. But it is hard for the scientifically inclined to not be intrigued by the goings-on in both the complexity of brewing and a simple glass of beer. In that vein, beer books often come across as... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints September 1, 2009 - Lisa Morrison
Who hasn’t sat with a perfect pint in a glorious pub and mused over how wonderful it would be to make a living drinking beer? Roger Protz, who is one of the United Kingdom’s—and the world’s—leading beer writers, has done just that for 30 years. And, in A Life on the Hop, he gives all... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints July 1, 2009 - Daniel Bradford
“Don’t even consider starting this book without a beer in your hand.” Why would you not want to read a book that starts like that? And buy it you will, if you enjoy beer. As the American beer world takes a quantum leap forward, with craft beer sales soaring, new beer styles pouring out of... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints July 1, 2009 - Stan Hieronymus
Two days after Arthur Guinness died in 1803, the Dublin Evening Post published a short mention of his death, noting he was “long known and respected in the city of Dublin; the worthy and good will regret him because his life has been useful, benevolent and virtuous.” It hardly read like the obituary of an... View Article