If you’ve spent any time in the craft beer world or visited a craft brewery, chances are you’ve heard the story a few times. The challenges of getting started from nothing, growing pains, and competing with the big guys. It’s a story almost every craft brewery tells and one that has been told in countless books by craft brewers over the years.
While it’s interesting to hear the version each brewer has to tell, it can also get a bit old time after time. Tony Magee tells a different version of the classic craft brewer startup story in, So You Want to Start a Brewery?: The Lagunitas Story.
No matter how your craft beer story starts, there’s a good chance your early days were spent sipping some of the best known craft brands around. These brands have been in the business since before craft beer was the cool thing to do. They’ve build the better beer industry, and lead the way for a new type of beer drinker. Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over A Beer Or Two is the story of the start and growth of the largest craft brewer in the United States, Boston Beer (better known as Sam Adams).
Food and beer go together in so many wonderful ways. They each compliment the other and bring out the best in both. Alone they’re awesome, but together they’re exponentially greater. There’s a reason beer dinners are so popular (and delicious) and more and more restaurants have come to realize the great things that can be done by bring the two together. If you love this combo and love to cook, you have to check out the book Food & Beer.
Beer and food are killer pairing. There are so many ways a great beer can make an awesome meal even better. In food or with food, beer always makes things even more delicious. While most recipes seem to look to starters and the main course, we shouldn’t forget the best part of a meal, the dessert. And which dessert does everyone love? Cookies. The new book Beer & Cookies brings two of our favorite things together in so many wonderful ways.
Growing up, almost every kid enjoyed comics. They have the power to tell wonderful stories in a very visual way, that can make you feel like you’re part of the story world. Sadly, as most of us grew older, we moved on from reading comics. They still have the ability to tell great stories. We just need a more adult-focused topic than the superheroes of past. The Comic Book Story Of Beer takes that wonderful way of telling a tale and brings the much more adult story of the history of beer to life, for a read grownups will love.
We all know the 4 ingredients that make up most beers. Of those, it would seem that most like hops best. Those tiny cones that burst with flavors and aromas from bitter to fruity. With new and interesting varieties popping up each year, there is an almost endless supply of hoppy goodness for us to enjoy. For those that really enjoy hops, For the Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to the Aroma, Bitterness, and the Culture of Hops is the definitive guide to the plant.