Of course, a growler or a rare six-pack of beer is the obvious winning gift for any beer lover in your life during the holidays. But what if you made that gift a little more permanent by giving them along an interesting book (along with beer)? Below is a list of 6 of our favorite books related to craft beer that you can treat yourself or a loved one with. Enjoy!
#1 Beer Brewing Book | National Geographic Atlas of Beer | By Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson; Forward by Garrett Oliver
This atlas is the ultimate beer lover's guide to the world, filled with stunning photography, great storytelling, intriguing beer destinations, fascinating historical perspectives, and firsthand accounts from brewers and bar owners around the globe.
The most visually stunning and comprehensive beer atlas available, this richly illustrated book includes more beers and more countries than any other book of its kind. Including beer recommendations from Garrett Oliver, the famed brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, and written by "beer geographers" Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson, this indispensable guide features more than 100 illuminating maps and over 200 beautiful color photos. The fascinating narrative explores beer history, geography, trends, and tasting on six continents (and how to order a beer in 14 languages!). Travel tips include the best breweries, beer festivals, and pubs in each location. Smart, compelling, and practical, this elegant book will help you discover the best beer wherever you are.
#2 Beer Brewing Book | How to Brew | By John J. Palmer
Source: Brewers Publications
Fully revised and expanded, How to Brew is the definitive guide to making quality beers at home. Whether you want simple, sure-fire instructions for making your first beer, or you’re a seasoned homebrewer working with all-grain batches, this book has something for you. Palmer adeptly covers the full range of brewing possibilities—accurately, clearly and simply. From ingredients and methods to recipes and equipment, this book is loaded with valuable information for any stage brewer.
#3 Beer Brewing Book | Quench Your Own Thirst | By Jim Koch
In 1984, it looked like an unwinnable David and Goliath struggle: one guy against the mammoth American beer industry. When others scoffed at Jim Koch’s plan to leave his consulting job and start a brewery that would challenge American palates, he chose a nineteenth-century family recipe and launched Samuel Adams. Now one of America’s leading craft breweries, Samuel Adams has redefined the way Americans think about beer and helped spur a craft beer revolution.
#4 Beer Brewing Book | The Comic Book Story of Beer | By Jonathan Hennessey, Mike Smith and Aaron McConnell
We drink it. We love it. But how much do we really know about beer? Starting from around 7000 BC, beer has emerged as a major element driving humankind’s development, a role it has continued to play through today’s craft brewing explosion. With The Comic Book Story of Beer, the first-ever nonfiction graphic novel focused on this most favored beverage, you can follow along from the very beginning, as authors Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith team up with illustrator Aaron McConnell to present the key figures, events, and, yes, beers that shaped and frequently made history. No boring, old historical text here, McConnell’s versatile art style—moving from period-accurate renderings to cartoony diagrams to historical caricatures and back—finds an equal and effective partner in the pithy, informative text of Hennessey and Smith presented in captions and word balloons on each page. The end result is a filling mixture of words and pictures sure to please the beer aficionado and comics geek alike.
#5 Beer Brewing Book | Food on Tap: Cooking with Craft Beer | By Lori Rice
Source: Cookbook | Fake Food Free
Discover new ways to savor your favorite beer with 60 traditional and inventive recipes.
In the age of craft beer, the varieties seem endless. From floral IPAs to rich porters and stouts, and tart lambic ales to gluten-free options, there is a beer for every taste. Food on Tap is an accessible guide to using these delicious brews to add complex flavor and exciting twists to classic and new recipes such as:
Sausage Crusted Helles and Kale Quiche
Summer Saison Tomato Bisque
Barleywine Beef Short Rib Stew
Chocolate Pecan Coconut Porter Cake
Beautiful original photography will have your mouth watering, so pour a draft and get ready to cook with beer.
#6 Beer Brewing Book | The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour | By John Schlimm
The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour will take you to a whole new level of tipsy gratification by bringing some of the best bar snacks and beer cocktails straight into your kitchen. This hip new cookbook features over 325 irresistible recipes for delicious bar bites-from Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts to Taproom Tacos to Blitzed Bean Soup-and beer cocktails, chuggers, shots, shooters, chasers, punches, floats, and shakes, with nearly 1,000 related pairing suggestions using today's most popular craft and seasonal beer styles. Whether you're looking to host the next bash or simply create your own happy hour at home, this all-in-one entertaining guide will help you turn every bite into party night!