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The Bluffer's Guide to Beer (The Bluffer's Guides) [Kindle Edition]

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From 'Hops' and 'Barley', to 'Pale Ales' and 'Belgian Beer', The Bluffer's Guide to Beer contains everything you need to keep a level head at your local watering hole.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 436 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bluffer's Guides (1 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0SSSNW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Beer Guide 18 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
Do you enjoy the taste of a cool beer but can't tell a stout from a pilsner? If so, this book's for you! The Bluffer's Guide to Beer promises to provide enough information on beer so that the reader will be able to "bluff" their way through any conversation about it. It's not just beginners that will like this book, however, as the material will be informative for most beer experts, as well.

The book is organized into roughly four sections. The first is a quick timeline of beer history; this is quirky, but hard to get into, as the rest of the book's prose is stronger. The second section is a very detailed discussion of how beer is made. Anyone interested in home brewing or learning the differences between the brewing styles of various beers will love this section. Since I'm not a home brewer myself (at least not yet!), I found the general information interesting, but was lost in much of the details. The latter half two-thirds of the book are stronger, with a very practical section on serving beers and a very handy guide to the different styles of beer. These beer-style profiles are excellent for beginner beer aficionados and accomplished hop-heads alike. The profiles are organized by country of origin (England, German, Belgium, Czech, and American, as well as a rundown of the top-10 mega-brews). There is also a very functional beer glossary at the end, which will help a newbie figure out some of the common beer lingo.

In sum, I think this book really picks up steam as it goes on. I consider myself an intermediate beer expert and still found it very informative, which makes me think its appeal goes well beyond the beginners that "Bluffer's Guides" are aimed at. If you need a gift for a beer fan, this book would be a great idea!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Beer, loved by all but understood by the few and I am a recent convert to `real ale' so wanted to get this before I stagger off the `The Great British Beer Festival'. Beer is the catch all word for a number of brews that are essentially a mix of barley, malt, yeast and hops. This includes ale, stout, porter, pale ale, bitter and of course the ubiquitous lager. This little book does not set out to make you an expert in all things beer related; as the art to bluffing is having just enough knowledge to make people believe you know a lot - rather the opposite to "hiding you light under a bushel". Or is that light ale under a hop bush?

So we get a whistle stop tour of beer through the ages, right from the Mesopotamians brewing some crude concoction in 9000BC through other highlights like Louis Pasteur working out how fermentation works in 1857 and the zenith of all things beerology wise with the invention of shandy in 1922 by Bavarian, Franz Xaver Kugler. We then get a whole section on how the stuff is made and you will discover lager is bottom fermented and likes it cold and ale is top fermented and hankers after room temperature. So next time you are asked if you are a `top or bottom', you will be better equipped to have a witty riposte.

We then are told how to serve beer, and don't think those vino types get to have all the theatre, some beers have their own glass and some Belgian ones their own serving handle, think `Kwak' for example with its mini yard of ale contraption that can only be used whilst sober.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and refreshing 11 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A light-hearted and informative look at beer. Some great tips and interesting facts. An excellent overview to whet your appetite for a variety of beers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to the world of beer 10 Oct 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great read that is genuinely informative about beer. I think it's about the best General overview covering the basics,history, styles and the new craft movement I've read so far. The tone of the author when you first start reading comes across as a little irreverent and its only when you get into the book that you find that you're really learning something because of the easy going style (this is my first Bluffers guide so perhaps they are all like this). Would thoroughly recommend to anyone with an interest in beer.
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