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5.0 out of 5 stars A great coffee table or reference book
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...
Published on 29 Jun 2010 by Robert Massey

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3.0 out of 5 stars Beer Porn
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...
Published on 27 April 2010 by Roochak


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5.0 out of 5 stars A great coffee table or reference book, 29 Jun 2010
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Robert Massey (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die (1001 (Universe)) (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Beer Porn, 27 April 2010
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This review is from: 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die (1001 (Universe)) (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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