American philosopher Mortimer J. Adler once wrote, “In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” Of course, Adler’s observation is no less profound for the knowledge-seeking beer drinker than for anyone else. Virtually every micro-aspect of... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints - Learn Beer September 1, 2007 - Carl Miller
Book Reviews - Full Pints September 1, 2007 - Julie Johnson Bradford
There’s the Beer Hunter, Malt Man, the Beer Bitch, the Beer Enthusiast, the Malt Maven, the Beer Goddess and the Beer Babe—and those are just the ones I correspond with regularly. Enter the Beer Guppy: a small, thirsty fish ready to swim in the big waters of Southern California. And these are beery waters, indeed,... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints September 1, 2007 - Paul Ruschmann
One of the oddest places I’ve ever stopped for a beer is Het Elfte Gebod, a bar in the shadow of Antwerp’s cathedral. Its interior is packed with statues from rescued churches, and you’re more likely to hear a Gregorian chant than Europop playing. Its name, in English, means “The Eleventh Commandment.” You’ve never heard... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints July 1, 2007 - Gregg Glaser
Things happen in bars. Goods things, bad things, important things and unimportant things. New York City has been an important American city for well over a century, and the bars of new York have seen their share of “things,” whether the bar has been a down and dirty booze hall or an upscale, swanky place.
Book Reviews - Full Pints July 1, 2007 - Julie Bradford
When it comes to selecting restaurants, do you go with Michelin or Zagats? If you’re visiting New York, do you consult Eric Asimov or explore on-line? Do you insist that your wine pass muster with Robert Parker, or do you turn to the blogs?
Book Reviews - Full Pints May 1, 2007 - Julie Johnson Bradford
This is a book about just one brand of beer: many, many pints of just one brand of beer. Evan McHugh, like many other young Australians, strapped a pack to his back for a long odyssey away from his remote homeland. With him was a companion named Michelle, but referred to as Twidkiwodm (“The woman... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints May 1, 2007 - Martin Morse Wooster
In recent years, a group of cocktail lovers have started studying the history and traditions of their favorite drinks. Their goal is to make cocktails beverages that are made from the best ingredients, prepared by experts who have spent years honing their craft, and served in bars that are well-designed and elegantly constructed. Many of... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints March 1, 2007 - Randy Mosher
First let me say that I’m an advocate of the broad premise of this work from an earnest young writer: that good beer is a great thing, and the world would be a better place if people paid more heed to it. The world needs a book like this. Just not this book.