The Top 10 Books about Beer and Brewing

18 Jan

Here’s a much more definitive top-10 list of the best books about beer and brewing.

1. How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time 

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 A quintessential book that should be in the library of any homebrewer from novice to expert.  How to Brew is as easy to read as it is informative and will no doubt leave you with everything you need to know to brew any style of beer in any way.

2.  Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone can Brew

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 Packed with really great recipes, Brewing Classic Styles not only guides you through every step of the brewing process, but is a reference of 80 fantastic recipes that most assuredly will turn out great.

3.  Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles 


 Designing Great Beers may be showing its age (published in 1998), but there’s no arguing the value of information in this book.  A must read for any brewer who wants to understand the ominous question of why beer tastes like beer.  You will be a better brewer after reading it.

 4.  The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

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 “RELAX don’t worry, have a homebrew”  Another must read

5.  The Brewmaster’s Bible

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 Though not quite as easy to read as some other books on this list, The Brewmaster’s Bible is a technical, recipe-filled reference that focuses less on process and more styles and components. It will, at the very least, provide you with several incredibly useful conversion tables.

6. Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery

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 A wonderful source of inspiration for any brewer aspiring to take the leap and open his or her own brewery.  Beer School follows the creation and rise of the Brooklyn Brewery through the eyes of its founders, detailing their setbacks, mistakes, and eventual success.

7.  Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales and World-Altering Meditations in a Glass

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 Rather than being presented as a “how-to” guide, Radical Brewing forces the reader to think about beer more creatively.  Each chapter not only contains enticing recipes, but ideas that will no doubt leave you wondering about new ingredients and techniques to try with your next batch of homebrew.

8.  Homebrewing for Dummies

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 A surprisingly great step-by-step guide that is hands-on and doesn’t get overly technical.  Homebrewing for Dummies is the perfect companion for the beginner brewing his first batch, plus it has thick paper, large print, and is wide and heavy so it stays open when you lay it down on the counter.

9.    The Oxford Companion to Beer 


 A beautiful and comprehensive journey through the world of beer, The Oxford Companion to Beer weighs in at just under 1,000 pages and covers nearly every facet of beer from its origins and history to its ingredients, styles, tastes and culture.

10.  Brewing Better Beer: Master Lessons for Advanced Homebrewers

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 Aimed more toward am intermediate homebrewer (despite the title), Brewing Better Beer is Gordon Strong’s take on homebrewing in which he reveals some of his own techniques and processes.  You’ll be sure to pick up a few tricks to add your brewer’s hat having read this book.

3 Responses to “The Top 10 Books about Beer and Brewing”

  1. brenda March 5, 2015 at 3:40 am #

    Do you have “Brewing by Michael J Lewis and Thomas Young

    • Brewing and Beer April 9, 2015 at 8:18 am #

      I’ve never read it but it looks like a great book! Anything that helps understand the underlying processes occurring during the brew process makes you a better brewer. Thanks for the recommendation

  2. Christopher McGuire November 4, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    I would also recommend The Practical Brewer which is published by the MBAA.

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