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Ultimate Beer Hardcover – Oct 1998


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789435276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789435279
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 23.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct 1998
Format: Hardcover
Wow! I can't imagine a better book than this is you love beer. The photographs are incredible and the text doesn't put you to sleep with a lot of unecessary detail.
The book is arranged by specific catagories so finding what your'e looking for is superbly easy. And the index is incredibly extensive.
Included with the decriptions are recipes, and tasting techniques which are quite informative. This book will definately get you to try something new.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 1998
Format: Hardcover
Thank heavens another Jackson book is out. We can only hope that it will displace that last slot containing Bob Klein dribble on bookstore shelves. Apparently someone has been placing false posts in support of Bob Klein. Whoever is doing this please at least attach your email in the future. I think the brewing community would like to have a word with you.
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By A Customer on 12 Oct 1998
Format: Hardcover
Michael Jackson is an excellent researcher, writer and presenter and his new book is well worth the read, but is not his best and should take nothing away from scores of other excellent books now available. Highly recommended is The Ale Trail or, in fact, any title by British authority, Roger Protz or Canadian author Steven Beaumont and works by American writers Mosher, Finkel, Papazian, Daniels, Finch, Meyers and Yenne. Beware of authors who tell you which beer to drink. The best authors teach you how to make that decision on your own. There are other great sources of authoritative beer information including All about Beer Magazine, Celebrator Beer News and The Real Beer Page web sight.
Jackson's poorly titled new book looks a lot like the other "Ultimate" books in the first sections where scores of bottle and glass shots fill the pages, but offers, like his much better, if not slightly less glossy, Beer Companion, excellent information about beer and food pairing in the last quarter of the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Ultimate Beer" by Michael Jackson, is a great book to acquaint the curious beer drinker with the unique characteristics and styles that are available. Beer is no longer the boring, "they all taste the same" beverage that it was in the United States for so long. Thanks to the microbrewing revolution, beer is now the equivalent of wine in respect to its diversity and its adaptability to many occasions.
The best part of this book is the illustrations. Each beer is presented in a section with similar beer styles, complete with a picture of the bottle and a picture of a glass filled with that particular brand of beer. There is also a food/occasion section with more pictures of beer along with the food that it best accomodates.
This book provides a good reference to the many styles of beer, the brewing process, and the compatibility of beer to any taste or occasion. Take notice: after you read this book and look at those full glasses of beer, you will have an uncontrollable urge to head to the nearest beverage store!
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By A Customer on 22 Sep 1998
Format: Hardcover
Michael Jackson's latest effort is yet another in a fine line in his series on beer and beer styles throughout the world. I had the opportunity to review an advance copy and it looks outstanding. "Ultimate Beer" acts as a visual almanac for each beer within each beer style which is something you don't get from his previous books.
I really must take exception to the review casting Jackson as a "joke" within the community. His literature and standing within the home brewing community indicates quite the opposite. Of course what makes a good beer is subjective. Based on all of his books and from meeting and hearing him speak in person, he knows his subject quite well.
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