Beer is the third most popular drink in the world, after water and tea For the serious beer drinker in your life, these books include everything from seasonal homebrew recipes, historical facts, and science—all on this fascinating beverage.
For a look into the how-to’s of beer making there’s The Naked Brewer; Fearless Homebrewing Tips, Tricks & Rule-Breaking Recipes by Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, out in October from Perigee. The authors, aka The Beer Chicks, also wrote The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer (now available in paperback), in their newest, give readers Top 10 Brewing don’ts as well as recipes organized by month.
The World Atlas of Beer; The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World by beer experts Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont, (Sterling Epicure) is the ultimate glossy resource. The authors cover beers from over 35 countries, and include tasting notes for over 500 international beers. Maps and color photographs take beer-loving readers on a comprehensive, fact-filled tour.
Another impressive reference is The Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by brew master and author Garrett Oliver, with a forward by Tom Colicchio (Oxford Univ., 2012). This massive work, which is clear and user-friendly, has over a 1000 entries, and covers every subject concerning beer, including its history, science, and art.