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Adrian Tierney-Jones
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3 May 2010 1001
Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the world, the most refreshing, the most sociable, and the most versatile. It has been brewed since the dawn of time and still has the capacity to delight and obsess its many adherents. This bewitching, thirst-inducing, gorgeously illustrated book is a guide to the best beers in the world with a succinct history of the breweries, tasting notes, temperature recommendations, and what food to serve them with, together with entertaining anecdotes about the breweries. Here you will sample world classics such as the ales of England, the speciality beers of Belgium, the new wave beers of U.S. craft brewers, the magical lagers of Germany and Central Europe, and a host of world beers that will beguile and bedazzle. The reader might not drink all these beers in their lifetime, but after reading this book they will know which ones will be their personal favorites.

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (3 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1844036820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844036820
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 1001 series has sold over 350,000 copies in the UK to date. 1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die has sold 10,000 copies through TCM since publication in 2008. Beer is Britain's most popular alcoholic drink, accounting for 43 per cent of the market. The most comprehensive guide on the market.

About the Author

Adrian Tierney-Jones is a freelance journalist whose work appears in Brewers Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Class, The Morning Advertiser, The Field and Beers of the World amongst others. He has written several books on the subject: West Country Ales, Pubs for Families and The Big Book of Beer, and is the editor of the Society of Independent Brewers South West's Brewers Herald. Tierney-Jones is an expert taster and talker on the world of beer, and also writes about cider. He was the silver award winner in the British Guild of Beer Writer's Award for National Journalism in 2006 and awarded the Guild's Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary in 2007.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly brilliant book on beer 15 Feb 2013
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I can't fault this super reference book on one of life's great pleasures.

This attractively produced book is rather sizeable and has been divided in to sections of colour- blonde, amber etc as opposed to different types of beer. This makes finding a specific beer very easy.

The vast majority of the beers have a page dedicated to them with historical backgrounds, tasting notes and a photograph of the bottle with (if possible) the official glass.

I would think that if one is a real aficionado of beer, the book maybe lacking a little information, but for someone who likes beer and enjoys reading up on the worlds best, you can't go wrong.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite perfect. Needs editing 18 Mar 2011
This book describes an amazing collection of beers from around the world. It's a joy to pick up and browse and it will open your eyes to lots of new beers. For me though there are still a couple of problems in the way that the book is edited. Firstly the book should be re-titled `1001 BOTTLED Beers...' because draft only beers are overlooked. This means that in the UK you'll find no mention of Bass or Tetley Bitter (nor Tetley dark mild for that matter). OK I know that beer geeks will say that these are not the beers they once were but if US Bud and Pabst BR can be included by way of historic reference then surely these famous old English marques should be in the book? My other gripe is the US-centric selection where a quarter of all beers are from America. Given that so many of these beers are `in the style of' European originals then why not go back to the source beers? Clearly the editors also wanted to spread the net far afield for the remaining three quarters of the book but can it really be right that minor countries (in brewing terms) get such a look in? For example three Sudbrack beers from Brazil and only two De Molen's from Holland. This strikes me as making the numbers up to try and get a spread of geographic representation regardless of the quality/ interest of the actual beer. Oh sorry, one last moan! Morrisey Fox Blonde included in the English section? Do me a favour, there are a thousand better beers in the UK ahead of MF. Is it just a coincidence that Neil Morrisey wrote the book's foreword? Cheers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Quite a Challenge 27 Dec 2010
Bought this for a Birthday present for my boyfriend. It arrived in plenty of time and was well packed. I think it's a great book. We're off to Australia in a couple of months with a group of people so I'm going to set everyone the challenge of drinking as many of the beers as possible!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Did they count correctly? 27 Oct 2011
I was bought the book "1001 Beers you must try before you die" and have already had a lot of enjoyment looking up my favourite beers and reading about many more that I had not heard of before.

The fact that I started to record in the book the ones I had tried and, despite another review comment, some of the beers are available 'on tap' in pubs in the UK, meant that I decided to make a spreadsheet of all of the beers together with details of brewery, date 1st brewed and ABV. However, after listing all of the beers I can only find 1000 beers and I've checked and rechecked the listing and I'm almost sure it's correct.

So, maybe the title needs to be amended, or another beer added?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 Mar 2014
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An excellent and varied challenge from all over the world. 6 beers down already. Well worth buying and giving it a go
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best friends christmas present. 8 Jan 2014
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It was a great gift for my friend , he really loved it. Its not the usual sort of gift but it fitted in just nicely.
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Bought this for my bro in Uni, he loved it. All beers have a description which is quite detailed and also where to get it, which could be important. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This a large heavy book full of nice illustations of the (mostly bottled) beers. The title is obviously tongue in cheek. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cheapjack
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Fab book - well set out. Beers listed into four chapters. Includes handy indexes listing by country & brewery - Buy it. Would make a perfect gift.
Published 19 months ago by Ricki Smith
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Very comprehensive reviews of the beer available. Makes you want to go and try the beer from that region. Will try and sample most before I die.
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