1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, is an excellent book for the beer fanatic. It features a collection of 1001 beers from across the globe. It is not devised like similar books (300 Beers to Try Before You Die
) by style eg Ipa, stout, pilsner but by colour eg amber, blond, dark and speciality. Yes the last one was not a colour but its to sort out the ones which do not belong elsewhere eg Geuze.
Its also different as its not just written by Adrian Tierney-Jones, He is the general editor of the collection which features I believe 40 other writers, all who have had a part to play in the book and decide what goes in and what stays out. Adrian Tierney-Jones has not personally tasted all 1001 either and says so in the introduction, he does sum the book up nicely though, explaining why the book is organised as so and about why the are 40 other beer experts. He puts it that is not just one man's opinion but the wisdom of many.
This makes the book seem a little confusing at first, as it comes across as a mass collection of beers in no particular order, or reference to whether they are good, great or just interesting. This is because of all the different writers, as there is no information if they are good in the writers opinion. We just get a page of information about the brewer (information is a bit repetitive for beers by the same brewery), a picture and a small tasting box which contains a little information on what to expect in flavours. This is where other books (as mentioned) slightly get a higher mark in my book as they include more information on each beer and personal recommendation as to the tastes and flavours. This by no means means its bad either, its an excellent collection rather than a guide, similar in some aspects to the late Mr Jacksons Great Beer Guide: The World's 500 Best Beers
. An excellent reference book maybe rather than a guide.
Its excellent value for money too as its 960 pages! The book is around three inch thick and contains many pictures of the beers themselves with the correct glass or interesting beer themed images.
Its not the best beer guide but its is an unique and wonderful collection of beers well worth your book shelf space! Recommended!