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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844036820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844036820
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,876 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.

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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 By E. Cracknell on 21 Jun. 2010
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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 By Barsnacks on 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 By Leeds beer drinker on 18 Mar. 2011
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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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By crezza on 16 May 2011
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Some may fret that their favourite isn't here but don't be put off. This book isn't "1001 of the world's best beers" it's just a collection of beers that you should try so that you can gain an appreciation of the many varied styles available, many only the die hard beer geek will know of. Yes there are a handful that are quite ordinary or downright bland but they are all representative of a style so deserve their space. Many of those here that I've tried are, however, beautiful and complex. Most are available bottled and can be had via internet traders but I would suggest that once you get near the 600 mark you're going to have to start collecting air-miles as well as beers! In fact a small few can only be sampled at the breweries in question; so you could say you've got a travel book here too. There is a leaning toward the US but that's not necessarily a bad thing; many European breweries have changed their traditional recipes to "fit" the late 20th century trend for easy drinking beers so some fantastic complex styles were in danger of extinction. Over in the US the craft beer movement has been so strong that they've been desperate to recreate original styles and it could be argued that some of the best examples of very old beers are brewed there and it most certainly can be argued that some of the world's best new beers are now brewed there. It's for that reason I'm particularly pleased to see the likes of Meantime and Brew Dog featured strongly here as these, dare I say, US style breweries are giving the UK a well needed shot in the arm. If I've put you off because you think "this reviewer is clearly mad" don't be because my all time fav' is here and it's as traditional as can be; good old Timothy Taylors Landlord.Read more ›
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