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Beer on my Cornflakes?
on 11 December 2013
Who doesn't like a beer? Plenty of people it would seem! My partner for one will not touch the stuff turning her noise up at my pint and instead reaching for her latest vibrantly coloured cocktail. I'm of the opinion that there is a beer or an ale for every man, woman and child (as long as they are over the drinking age in their given country), they just have to find the right tipple. Enter `Pocket Beer Book 2014' by Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb. This is a pretty comprehensive book that lists beer by different countries and regions, giving a quick overview of the taste and texture, whilst also scoring them. Browse through this book and you are sure to find something to your liking.
Calling the book `Pocket' is a little ambitious; although it would fit into a coat pocket should you find yourself in a pub halfway along a country walk. What I also liked was the guide to what beers go with what foods. Beaumont and Webb cover the basics at Lunch and Tea, but they also cover that deeply neglected time for beer - breakfast. That's right, if you have ever pondered what malty delight to sup alongside your Coco Pops look no further, but perhaps question what you are doing should it happen too often.
It did feel at times that by covering the entire globe the beers selected where limited. It seems too easy to dismiss African countries, when I have had a few nice lagers from there myself. However, `Pocket Beer Book 2014' is a great book for the beer aficionado in your life who is already CAMRA'ed out and requires something that covers the subject in a different way.