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1001 BEERS YOU MUST TASTE BEFORE YOU DIE (1001 (UNIVERSE)) BY (Author)Tierney-Jones, Adrian[Hardcover]Mar-2010 Hardcover – 23 Mar 2010

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing(NY) (23 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087B5BK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,032,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Massey on 29 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a comprehensive and far from lightweight tome, which provides a comprehensive listing of some of the world's finest beers.

Adrian Tierney-Jones is an accomplished beer writer, and has edited this volume with a steady hand. The reviews are informative and objective. Yes, some of the classifications are less than intuitive, but that adds to the charm.

And 1001 beers? While it sounds a lot, during a 30 year drinking 'career' that would only average out to one new beer every couple of weeks. So that's not THAT unreasonable.

And anything that encourages people to try a wider range of beers must only be encouraged. Otherwise we're doomed to a future of dull, mass produced pseudo beers.
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By Roochak on 27 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
960 pages of thrist-provoking, full color, beautifully photographed beer porn. This is no consumer guide -- it's far too bulky and eccentrically arranged for that. (Beers are arranged by color -- amber, blond, white, dark, and, uh, "specialty.") Good luck pinpointing any particular beer you might want to read about. Better check the two indexes: one of beers by country of origin, another by brewery.

Very brief tasting notes put each beer in its best light, which seems less like beer appreciation than salesmanship, but it's also a reminder that the entries are really about beer trivia and the history and local color of the various breweries. Assembled for the armchair traveler/beer aficionado, this is a drinker's world tour of interesting brews from 69 countries, with the unspoken caveat that "interesting" doesn't always mean "good." Still, each beer has a story. Pabst Blue Ribbon, for example, owes its revival by '80s hipsters to the praise of Dennis Hopper's manic villain in David Lynch's Blue Velvet [DVD] [1986]. Flensburger Pilsener owes its cult status in Germany to a cartoon series "about a crooked underdog biker named Werner." And so on.

People more tasteful than myself won't point out that the lavishly illustrated books in Universe's "1001" series, with their brief, consistently upbeat entries, make superlative bathroom reading.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
My work is cut out for me 3 July 2010
By E. M. Van Court - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Neatly organized into amber, blond, white, dark, and specialty; crossed referenced by country and brewery, this book offers 1001 (trusting their count, I got too thirsty checking) beers that represent excellence, innovation, and the history of beer. The introduction provides an excellent lesson on the types of beer and how they are brewed (I finally understand the real difference between ale and lager), and then goes right into my new 'to-do' list. Each beer has a page with a country of origin, the first year of production, alcohol content, a recommended serving temperature, the brewery, the URL, a bit of history or relevance of the particular beer, and a paragraph on the tasting experience of the beer.

The 'tasting notes' are well written, clear and using objective language, but raise questions. Who provided peer review? How reliable are the descriptions? Have they been independently confirmed? This is my self-appointed mission. 936 beers to go. In the current sample, I have to report that the tasting notes have stood up to careful scrutiny and extensive field testing, and I have found nothing to disagree with yet.

I enjoyed the book, and must now return to "Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter"; "A deep ruby beer with chocolate, caramel, and sweet tobacco in the aroma. The taste is tangy and gently bitter..."

Yup, that one checks good.

E.M. Van Court
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Dream Come True 16 Feb 2011
By W. Dietrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got 1001 Beers as a Christmas gift as it was on my Amazon Wish List. I have several other beer tasting suggestion books and allthough they were nice they were somewhat cheaply made. I figured this was going to be another cheap book that would be 2 or 3 beers per page with one or two lines about each beer. This could not have been further from the truth. This book is like a bible to beer fans the tasting notes are in depth and informative. The beers are oragnized and easily understood, allthough I tend to use the index to see find the ratings for my favorite beers (Stone, Laginitas and Dogfish). The pictures are excellent and there is some history about the beers that made the book an interesting read.

This is hands down the best book on beer I have ever read and I have read alot. I love beer and my travels always include stops to local stores to find beers on my bucket list. I collect pint glasses and have over 250 in my collection. I have an entire fridge dedicated to craft beers. I subscribe to both Draft Magazine and All About Beer. The reason I am saying this is that I feel I am more than qualified to judge a book about beer. With that being said 1001 is the best thing i have ever read about the subject! It is a book that I keep my nightstand and glance thru daily when I dream about finding elusive beers.

My only complaint is that 1001 beers is just too many and in my opinion some real dogs are included in this otherwise remarkable listing of beers.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excerpted from my April 2010 review in The National Barbecue News 28 July 2010
By Doug Mosley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Finally, here's one for the beer drinkers among us. Let me know if this is you: You long ago found yourself wanting something more from the standard American light lager that you'd been quaffing for years. You've dabbled in craft and micro brews that became all the rage back in the 90s and then you started to really reach out by getting online or buying these new beer lovers' magazines that regaled you with storied brews from around the globe. That led to tracking down these hard-to-find beers during business trips and personal travels. And next thing you know, you think of major cities in terms of your ability to locate these (i.e., New Orleans? Martin Wine Cellar has a great assortment of Belgian beers.).

Is that you? Yeah, it's me as well. OK, now that we've determined who are kindred spirits here, let me ask you this question: Do you have a "bucket list" of beers? You know what I mean, a list of beers that you're seeking out, checking off each one as you find them. Personally, I never had anything written down although I did sort of adopt that CAMRA book, "300 Beers to Try Before You Die", as my list. But now I've discovered that is just a starting place because there's a new book out, "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones ($36.95, Universe, 960 pp.).

As you would suspect of a book touting a list of this length, this book is massive! It is a chunk to pick up. But that's OK because it is so well done and entertaining to read. The theme behind it comes from a series of books by the publisher. Other titles in the series are (shortened for brevity's sake) "...Foods You Must Taste...", "...Wines You Must Taste...". "...Albums You Must Hear...", "...Book You Must Read..." and "...Building You Must See...". I really liked how each beer is presented. Most are covered in a full page with a full-color of the beer bottle as well as the beer poured into a glass. The pictures are so well done that you'll practically be licking the pages for a taste. There's a ton of other useful content as well, but the real story here is the 1,001 beers. Please give me a shout when you've completed the list.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Great guide to enjoying life and of Course Beer. 8 Oct 2010
By NB- - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is often that when we think of beers we think of the best things we love about them and how they are so great(or sometimes not so great), it is also that we try to sometimes compare beers familiarily by either taste, style or region. "1001 Beers" does a spectacular job of leaving the tasting to us and instead giving us the history and story behind the beers we love so much.

This book which is organized by style has something every beer connosieur and even an everyday beer drinker would love, and does a significant amount of work to touch on the subleties past simple taste that make beer such a special thing so close to our hearts. The entry for the beers in this book are quick, concise and tell the story of the brewery in a straight-forward style which allows us to as readers the chance to read entry after entry without feeling like were beeing sold a product. Amongst the greats talked about in this book are entrys from the greats Sierra Nevada,Dogfish Head, Guineness, Fullers, Sheaperd's Neame, Lieffman's, Hoegaarden, Schneider, Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, and Chimay; But its not just these that make the book so good(they make it great none-the-less), its all of the other breweries, the small ones and their beers and stories that make the whole journey seem like a pilgrimage to the beer holy land.

Certainly there are some disapointments talked about in the book like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Budweisser, but the stories of these beers are yet integral to the whole beer culture and to its very existence as such an important commodity, culturally and economically. Although the layout of the book is lacking order, where some beers are seperated by brewery(such as Guiness is found under St. James Brewery, which is an easy example, still known to many people) on their single page and in the rear index, it dosn't do much to help those who might not know the actual brewery name for some of the odder beers,and that the beers are widely categorized without much effort to categorize and consider each beers merits to a particular style(rather than Blonde being such a large category try breaking them down more into Pale Ales, IPAs,Pilsners etc..); the country breakdown still offers a light of hope,if you happen to know where your particular beer of interest is brewed. I will also mention however that there is a particular issue with some beers being labeled as their sigle Beer name such as the fact that Aventinus isn't grouped with the Schnider beers(since its labeled poorly as Aventinus and not Schneider Aventinus), which does create another problem completly.

Overall the book makes a great refference for any lover of beer , whevether you be a crusader of Breweries or a simple loyalist to your favorite brew, this book is a great resource to discover something great. As a beer lover myself I can't say that I'm not pleased to look through this book just as I look through "Michael Jacksons's Great Beer Guide", and must say that this is just as relative a guide for todays brews of the world as the Beer Hunters guide was years ago. So sit down enjiy your brew and maybe learn something new, Cheers!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Finally, life has some purpose! :) 27 April 2011
By No one of consequence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I picked up this volume a few months ago and have been salivating over it ever since. It's chock full from cover to cover with sexy, glossy pics of some of the most beautiful brews you will ever lay eyes (and taste buds) on. Most are full page spreads showing the bottle with a properly poured glass, and several descriptive and/or background paragraphs, plus helpful tasting notes. Other beers are featured two to a page with only a look at the label (no other photo) and a shorter description, but still very adequate. Reviews also contain "vitals" on the beer, such as brewery name, location, year first brewed, ABV, etc. The book is divided into five major sections based loosely on the type of beer: amber, blond, white, dark and "specialty". Lastly, there's a handy index in the back organized by brewery for easy reference.

My only beef with this otherwise inspired volume is with some of the beers that were selected or omitted. For example, workaday schlock like Budweiser or Pabst are included for their "iconic" value, but infinitely better brews like Bell's Expedition Stout or some of the Founders product line, for instance, are left out. One wonders about the editor's sense of proportion in some of those selections. Still, this is an awesome book from cover to cover for anyone who enjoys fine beer. If you're groping for a sense of purpose in life, this book will help you find it.
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