Beer For Dummies

Beer For Dummies

Marty Nachel

Language: English

Pages: 360

ISBN: 1118120302

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The fun and friendly guide to all things beer

Beer has always been one of the world's most popular beverages; but recently, people have embraced the rich complexities of beer's many varieties. Now, with Beer For Dummies you can quickly and enjoyably educate your palate—from recognizing the characteristics of ales, lagers, and other beer styles to understanding how to taste and evaluate beer.

The author, a beer connoisseur, shares his own expertise on this subject, revealing his picks for the best beer festivals, tastings, and events around the world as well as his simple tips for pouring, storing, and drinking beer like an expert brewmeister.

  • New coverage on the various styles of beer found around the world including: real ale, barrel aged/wood aged beer, organic brews, and extreme beer
  • Updated profiles on the flavor and body of each beer, explaining why beers taste the way they do, as well as their strengths and ideal serving temperatures
  • How to spot the best beers by looking at the bottle, label, and a properly poured beer in its ideal glass
  • The essentials on beer-and-food pairings and the best ways to introduce beer into your cooking repertoire

From information on ingredients like hops, malt, and barley to the differences between lagers and ales, this friendly guide gives you all the information you need to select and appreciate your next brew.

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of Brugge and Tournai, and Trappist breweries and Lambic beer are included on the tour. The rates include use of a quality 27- to 30-speed bicycle, accommodations, breakfasts, some dinners, guided brewery visits and beer tastings with dinner, transfers to and from Brussels, and more. Take me with you — please! As you may expect, the craft brewery–filled city of Portland, Oregon, offers an excellent way to tour those breweries on bike (www.portlandbicycle The Pub Peddler Brewery Tour

such a gathering — if not, start one! Many of today’s beer-consumer clubs are either conglomerations or offshoots of already-established homebrewing clubs. Homebrewers, naturally, are beer lovers; it stands to reason that anyone who loves good beer makes a good candidate for club membership. To find your local homebrew club, check out One of the oldest beer appreciation groups in the United States is the Chicago Beer Society (CBS).

that green glass allows more light to penetrate than brown glass does and clear glass allows the most light. Hold a bottle up to the light and assess the beer’s clarity. Except for beers purposely bottled in the unfiltered state, a fresh filtered beer should be crystal clear. Look for sediment. Unless the beer in your hand is a Hefeweizen or a bottle-conditioned beer (see Chapter 4), sediment suggests that the beer has been sitting around a while. Give the bottle a gentle shake. Any little

condemning bitter beer face deter you from expecting and enjoying the aftertaste of quality brews. Oooh, Mommy! Until fairly recently, the four primary flavors — sweet, sour, salty, and bitter — were believed to be the only tastes detectable by the human tongue, and none of these primary flavors can be replicated by mixing together any of the other primary flavors. However, it’s now known that there’s actually a fifth primary taste called umami. When humans eat, whether they realize it or not,

planned vacations that focus on beer and discuss the advantages of an unplanned beer adventure. All together now: Going with tour groups Planning beer-specific vacations is becoming easier — and more common- place — thanks to the proliferation of vacation companies that specialize in this sort of thing. The beauty is in not having to make all the arrangements yourself. Furthermore, these vacations are led by experts (in the vacation industry, if not the brewing industry) that see that every

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