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The Best Books for Home Brewing Sour and Wild Ales

2 Dec

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So you’ve gotten through the invaluable essentials such as The Joy of Home Brewing and have Designing Great Beers as your well-worn reference and you’re asking, “Gee, beer is really delicious, fun to make too!  I wonder how I can expand my expertise in the craft.”  What better way than by trying your hand at brewing a new and increasingly popular style?  Simply consult the list below for everything you need to get started harnessing wild yeast and to brew your very own sour ales.

Brew it old school

Before the human race knew of the existence of yeast, people believed fermentation was a gracious act of God, bestowed upon beer and wine as a small gift to help us forget how awful things have been since Eve at that apple.  Brewers would leave their fermentation tanks open which would allow whatever wild yeast was floating around to enter the wort.  This would yield inconsistent results from beer to beer, but what the hell, it’s alcohol right?  Well nowadays, brewers are again allowing wild yeast into their beer with the intention of creating something similar to what our ancestors enjoyed thousands of years ago.  If you’re considering experimenting with wild yeasts to create your own sour beers, these reads will teach you how to infect your beer with only the bacteria you want.

Brew Like a Monk

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“Make a distinctive beer that is expressive rather than imitative, and dedicate yourself to it as if there is nothing else in life.”

Not for the beginning homebrewer, Brew Like a Monk describes just what exactly those solitary brewers of God were up to in their monasteries, explaining the processes used by monks in Europe for hundreds of years.  The book also compares traditional Belgian brew traditions with their modern American replicas.

 

 

 

 

 

American Sour Beers

American Sour Beers

 

American Sour Ales goes through the techniques and processes used by the most prominent American Sour brewers style by style.  It documents the techniques that have brought success to many commercial sour brewers and is the truly comprehensive guide to home brewing sours, there’s even a chapter on cooking and pairing food with sour ales.  Pucker up.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Brews

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Wild Brews features a lot of information regarding the history of wild fermentation, namely in Belgium by sequestered monks.  There are 10 recipes contained within but due to the unpredictability of wild yeasts, a home brewer is likely to find it very difficult to duplicate a specific beer.  Still, this book is a good option for someone interested in learning how to harness the delicious power of wild yeast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Lover’s New England by Norman Miller

5 Aug

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There are few places in the United States that offer a concentration of as many quality craft beer choices as New England.  So if you’re planning a beer vacation or live in the area and want to explore your corner of the craft beer revolution, pick up Beer Lover’s New England, a guide to every brewery, brewpub, and craft beer bar in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.  Written by “The Beer Nut”, a Daily News columnist who has been writing about craft beer for 6 years, the book profiles every location in detail including his top picks at each place as well as food pairings, homebrew recipes, and more.  Beer Lover’s New England is the complete guide to everything craft beer in the upper Northeast.

500 Beers

9 Jan

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You know those books that list some dude’s 500 favorite beers that you should try but would never be able to track down, ultimately leaving you with a sense of failure and disappointment?  This isn’t one of those books.  500 Beers ($15) is simply a great way to keep track of the beers you’ve tried, want to try, or will never drink again.  With space to keep track of labels, locations, pictures, and notes as well as a progress tracker, this is the best way to document your journey through the wonderful world of craft beer.

The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.

6 Jan

The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance written by Stone founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner with Randy Clemens offers the beer lover an in depth, behind the scenes, look at how Stone Brewing got their start and the attitude it takes to become a powerhouse in the craft beer world.  This image heavy tome is beautifully laid out and includes the history of the brewery, the beers, Stone’s famous World Bistro and Gardens, and the craft beer scene in America and Europe. Recipes from the bistro and scaled homebrew recipes of some of Stone’s most famous beers make this book more than a one time read.

Learn more about Stone and their book here: http://www.stonebrew.com/book/

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More Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

20 Dec

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to get into gift-buying mode and do our best to stay out of the stores on Christmas Eve.  If you’re having trouble picking a gift for your beer-loving friend or relative, check out the list below for some great ideas that are sure to please.

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Brewing in Baltimore by Maureen O’Prey

14 Dec

Part of the Images of America series, Brewing in Baltimore ($21.99) is a brief 128 page history of how beer played a pivotal role in the city’s history and shaped the city into what it is today.  For a synopsis of the book, check out this article on City Paper; and if you’re lucky enough to be near Heavy Seas Brewery on Dec. 17 from 11 A.M.-5 P.M, Maureen O’Prey will be there to sign your copy.

“Throughout its rich and vibrant history, Baltimore has been known by a variety of names: Mobtown, the Land of Pleasant Living, or Charm City to name just a few. Perhaps “Beer Town” would have been more appropriate. Several pivotal events in Maryland’s history involved the brewing industry. Baltimore brewers were vital to building the fledgling town into the bustling city it is today. These brewers established some of the earliest churches in Baltimore. Eagle Brewery’s Harry Von der Horst helped build the Orioles into a pennant-winning team in the 1890s. Mary Pickersgill sewed the stars upon the Star Spangled Banner on the floor of Brown’s Brewery during the War of 1812.”