“Beer Porn” is how one reviewer on Amazon so aptly described this book. This 960 page tome is filled with luscious color photos of delectably seductively poured beer of all sizes, shapes, colors and tastes.
Organized by broad beer styles: Amber, Blond, White, Dark, and Specialty, entries are also indexed by country of origin and brewery name. It can be a bit difficult to locate your favorites…
There are some really obscure ones here and countries represented go well behind brewing hotspots like USA, Czech Republic, Germany, and England. There are entries for Antigua, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Laos, and Vietnam. The claim is that the book “represents the wisdom of over forty experts in their field.” Why then, pray tell, is Budweiser in this book? Here are some samples from the book:
Budweiser: …”there’s not a lot of love among aficionados for what has been until recently the world’s best-selling brand (along with Bud Light). It is derided in some quarters as unchallenging and unrewarding, the brewing version of sliced white bread….Budweiser is politely a delicate beer, it’s slight body readily revealing any defects in the the brewing process.” Blah, blah blah…Bud sucks, just say it!
Andechser Doppeldock Dunkel: Surprisingly no photo of this gem! “…This dark beauty, with its fiery hue, voluptuous aroma, and velvety flavor, has delighted many monks and pilgrims…”
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale:Tasting Notes state: “Perfumed hoppy nose with plenty of grapefruit, plus apricot and honey notes, and a whiff of alcohol. Taste is sweetly malty for a heartbeat, then you have a mess of hops in your face. Malts hangs in, barely, as the beer winds down to a dry, hoppy finish.”
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier: “‘Tastes like Ham!’ The first sip…often induces such a statement. Some people are immediately turned off. Others are curious enough to have another sip, and another, and cannot stop savoring this vigorous dark beauty. Reminds me of the night that Mark, Mary Beth and I joined arms and skipped out way to the brewery singing, “we’re off to see the wizard!”
Schneider Weisse: Tasting notes include “Schneider Weisse has an aroma of cloves, bananas, and a hint of vanilla; on the palate, there are more bananas, cloves, a custard-like sweetness, and a hint of bubble gum, before its decent onto a tingling fruity finish.” Hun? I never got any of that and I’ve had a good share of Schneider.
So, the text can get a bit pretentious, to say the least. But, the visuals of the book are beautiful. I even rediscovered some brews I have long forgotten and put a few new one on my list of “must-try.” Still can’t help wishing they had included Kuchlbauer, Dachsbräu, Mahr’s U, and Heeren Pils from Bamberg’s Kessman….ah, undiscovered country remains.
Lock yourself in the bathroom with your own copy today!