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Beer lover's companion : a guide to producing, brewing, tasting, rating and drinking around the world
Leventhal, Josh, (Joshua), 1971-
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog and Leventhal, 1999.
Physical Description:
180 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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TP577 .L482 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Continuing BD&L's successful bartenders series, the Beer Lover's Companion offers beer buffs and novices a clear and comprehensive illustrated guide to 400 of the best brews from around the world.

Two-page spreads highlight prominent beers from each region. More than 100 photographs show the bottles, labels and brewery facilities, and concise descriptions tell the origins, legends, brewing process and give a short assessment of each beer's flavor.

The book explains the differences among lagers, pilsners, stouts, bitters, wheat beers and porters--and examines the benefits and disadvantages of commercial breweries and micro-breweries, as well as tips on brewing beer at home. Notes on home brewing and brewing ingredients enhance drinking experience and beer knowledge. Tasting suggestions tell readers how to properly sample beers, and recipes suggest foods to match the different styles.

This book is a tour guide through the brewmaster's world, covering every significant beer--from ales and wheat beer to ambers and porters made in the US and aboard.

Author Notes

Josh Leventhal is an editor, baseball fan and the author of Take Me Out to the Ballpark!, The Beer Lover's Companion and Tugs.

(Bowker Author Biography)



Beer Batter Pancakes 2 to 3 servings 2 1/4 cups flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons melted butter (cooled to room temperature) 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange rind 1 tablespoon orange juice 12 oz. pale ale Combine flour, sugar, and salt. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Let batter sit until it cools to room temperature. Stir gently before pouring onto griddle. Grandma's summertime "Strip Me Naked" serves a crowd 750 ml vodka 12 bottles of beer 2 cans lemonade concentrate Combine ingredients and stir vigorously. Quick 'N' Easy Sweet Beer Bread 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/3 - 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 12 oz. bock beer or dark lager Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients in a greased breadloaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes, Excerpted from Beer Lover's Companion, Copyright (c) 1999. Reprinted with permission by BD&L. Excerpted from Beer Lover's Companion: A Guide to Producing, Brewing, Tasting, Rating and Drinking Around the World by Josh Leventhal All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

I. Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 7
I. The History of Beerp. 11
III. What is Beer? From Raw Ingredients to the Finished Productp. 16
Ingredientsp. 17
The Brewing Processp. 24
From the Brewery to Youp. 30
Microbreweries, Brewpubs and a Word About Home-Brewingp. 32
Beer Tasting: The Sights, the Smells, the Tastep. 34
IV. Beer Stylesp. 39
V. Beer and Foodp. 51
Matching Beer with Foodp. 51
Cooking with Beerp. 54
Food Recipesp. 56
Drink Recipesp. 61
VI. Table of Beer Style Definitionsp. 64
VII. The Beers of the World: An Introductionp. 67
England, Scotland and Walesp. 69
Irelandp. 83
Francep. 85
Belgiump. 87
Luxembourgp. 95
The Netherlandsp. 95
Germanyp. 98
Switzerlandp. 107
Austriap. 108
Czech Republicp. 110
Eastern Europe and the Baltic Regionp. 113
Scandinaviap. 116
Denmarkp. 116
Finlandp. 118
Norwayp. 119
Swedenp. 120
Icelandp. 120
Southern Europep. 120
Asiap. 123
Japanp. 124
Chinap. 126
South and Southeast Asiap. 128
Australia and New Zealandp. 130
Australiap. 130
New Zealandp. 134
Africa and the Middle Eastp. 136
United Statesp. 138
Northeastp. 140
Midwestp. 148
Southp. 155
Westp. 161
Canadap. 171
Latin America and the Caribbeanp. 176
Indexp. 181