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San Diego Union Tribune's beer blog "Brewery Rowe" July, 2010 "... crisp, clean and a lot of fun to pore over." Tasting Table Brew Gurus, Oct 14,2010 "...a beer history, primer and directory in one." GREAT AMERICAN CRAFT BEER by Andy Crouch -- one of "Six Must-Reads for a Great Year of Beer".

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Andy Crouch is an award-winning freelance writer whose articles on beer have appeared in various US publications including Ale Street News, American Brewer, BeerAdvocate Magazine, Beverage Magazine, Celebrator Beer News, New Brewer Magazine, Yankee Food News, and on He presently writes the monthly "Unfiltered" column for BeerAdvocate Magazine and a bi-monthly column for Beverage Magazine. His first book, The Good Beer Guide to New England, was published by the University Press of New England (UPNE) in May 2006. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Great gift for beer drinkers of all levels of experience! 28 Jan. 2011
By greenumbrella - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be a very useful tasting guide to many great beers that I've either already tried or now would like to try.

My favorite part is that the tasting notes are arranged by flavor and not by style, as with my other beer books. For a long time I've written off certain entire styles, thinking I just didn't like stouts or porters. This book helped me define what it is specifically that I don't care for (yuck, roasted flavors!) and helped me pick out beers within those styles that I actually quite enjoy. The section with the tasting notes is large and you might not need to read it all in one sitting from start to finish, but I found it useful to just pick out whatever flavor I happen to have a taste for and use it one section at a time.

I like that it includes breweries from all over the USA and not just large brands that every beer enthusiast with a passing interest has already had. Although you might be sad if your personal favorite wasn't included, this book has inspired me to try some brands I hadn't ever heard of before, to my pleasant surprise. I'd always thought that since I live in an area that gets so many great beer brands, if I hadn't heard of it, it must not be good. Wrong! After reading some of the reviews that sounded like a particular beer might be right up my alley I've had a fun time seeking out those beers while traveling elsewhere or at beer festivals. I liked that this book showed me new things to try, and didn't just tell me that what I already think is awesome is awesome.

I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but look forward to cooking up my own beer cuisine soon. I've heard good things about the chefs who came up with them, and the recipes look promising.

This book is a good addition to my beer library, and also a good gift for folks who are already beer fans as well as those who might be just getting their feet wet. I've given it to several people of varied levels of beer interest, and they've all enjoyed it.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
AWESOME Beer Book! 5 Feb. 2011
By Suzanne L. Schalow - Published on
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I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new beer book; my shelves are lined with plenty of them. But this one sticks out as slightly atypical of other books. Its main draw for me were all of the flavor descriptors the author uses; "fresh oranges", "smoked meats", and "toasted caramel" are all indicative of the in depth portrayal given of the flavor profiles for the beers in this book. I think by beer style, is a great way to organize a book, but not all ipa's taste the same, for example. This book will allow you to find the citrusy/orangey ipa you crave, and stay away from the excessively bitter one you don't. Often times, especially for craft beer novices, help in the description of the flavors of what we drink is what we need most. This book hits the mark, and all the extra history, cooking tips, proper glassware recommendation, and the range of well-known to obscure breweries does as well!
Great gift for the beer lover! 11 Dec. 2014
By Alicia - Published on
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This was a gift for my son, and he seemed happy to receive it, so I can't offer any pros or cons to this book. But it seemed to be a comprehensive overview of craft beers, and that's what I was looking for.
The beer of the Crafts 5 Oct. 2014
By skeeter1001 - Published on
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Purchased for my reference Library on beers of the nation.
awesome 11 Jan. 2015
By Florence E. Stassi - Published on
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great historical book
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