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

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bluffer's; New edition edition (1 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909365521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909365520
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to prosper in the frothy world of beer appreciation. Never again confuse your grist with your gruit, your wort with your yeast, or your butt with your firkin (108 gallons versus nine gallons, since you ask).

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By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Best for a Beer Fan 17 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
While the Guide is informative, I felt like the humor wasn't as strong in this one as it is to others in the series. I also felt like I was getting bogged down with the science behind the beer-making. However, not being much of a beer fan myself, I can see why this Guide didn't exactly work out for me. I would recommend getting this for a beer enthusiast who really wants to learn about the history and the process of beer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Beer Guide 18 Jan 2014
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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By Emmster TOP 500 REVIEWER
I was given a copy of this book and can heartily recommend it to anyone interested in the origins of beer and the milestones encountered on a long and winding history.
I was surprised at the amount of information packed into each and every page. There are far too many nuggets of information to absorb in one go (for my tired brain at least) and so, like acquiring the taste of a quality beverage, this little tome will easily stand up to a second and most likely a third reading!

I found the writing style to be pleasantly conversational which was essential to hold my attention - otherwise it would've been quite a dry (excuse the pun) read.

If you're in the market for an introduction to the history, production methods and varieties of beer available from around the globe - this would be an excellent place to start.
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