The Pocket Guide to Beer, Seventh Edition, by Michael Jackson, Running Press, $12.95—Stands alone as the best compact guide to the world’s beers and breweries.
Good Beer Guide to Belgium & Holland by Tim Webb, 2002 edition, $16.95—a comprehensive, witty and detailed investigation of this important region, with information and travel tips on beer styles, breweries, and 500 best beer cafés.
CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2004, edited by Roger Protz, $17.99—the bible of British real ale, with chapter and verse on “all the beer that’s fit to print”: 4,500 real ale pubs and a directory to every brewery.
The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Munich by Larry Hawthorne, Fourth edition, Friezeit Publishers, Honolulu, HI, 2000, $14.95—the definitive guide to the beer gardens of Munich and its environs, with plenty of information to make navigating the city and its beer festivals easier. Includes two-for-one beer coupons, complete with bus, train, and tram maps.
The Brewpub Explorer of the Pacific Northwest, Second Edition, by Ina Zucker, Hudson Dodd and Matthew Latterell, JASI books, 2000—the best overall guide to the brewpubs and breweries of the Northwest, although it is now seriously in need of revision. Includes directions, notes on the beers, alehouse listings and a beer glossary.