1001 Beers: You Must Try Before You Die Paperback – 3 May 2010
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The 1001 series has sold over 350,000 copies in the UK to date. 1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die has sold 10,000 copies through TCM since publication in 2008. Beer is Britain's most popular alcoholic drink, accounting for 43 per cent of the market. The most comprehensive guide on the market.
About the Author
Adrian Tierney-Jones is a freelance journalist whose work appears in Brewers Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Class, The Morning Advertiser, The Field and Beers of the World amongst others. He has written several books on the subject: West Country Ales, Pubs for Families and The Big Book of Beer, and is the editor of the Society of Independent Brewers South West's Brewers Herald. Tierney-Jones is an expert taster and talker on the world of beer, and also writes about cider. He was the silver award winner in the British Guild of Beer Writer's Award for National Journalism in 2006 and awarded the Guild's Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary in 2007.
Top customer reviews
This attractively produced book is rather sizeable and has been divided in to sections of colour- blonde, amber etc as opposed to different types of beer. This makes finding a specific beer very easy.
The vast majority of the beers have a page dedicated to them with historical backgrounds, tasting notes and a photograph of the bottle with (if possible) the official glass.
I would think that if one is a real aficionado of beer, the book maybe lacking a little information, but for someone who likes beer and enjoys reading up on the worlds best, you can't go wrong.
Its also different as its not just written by Adrian Tierney-Jones, He is the general editor of the collection which features I believe 40 other writers, all who have had a part to play in the book and decide what goes in and what stays out. Adrian Tierney-Jones has not personally tasted all 1001 either and says so in the introduction, he does sum the book up nicely though, explaining why the book is organised as so and about why the are 40 other beer experts. He puts it that is not just one man's opinion but the wisdom of many.
This makes the book seem a little confusing at first, as it comes across as a mass collection of beers in no particular order, or reference to whether they are good, great or just interesting. This is because of all the different writers, as there is no information if they are good in the writers opinion. We just get a page of information about the brewer (information is a bit repetitive for beers by the same brewery), a picture and a small tasting box which contains a little information on what to expect in flavours. This is where other books (as mentioned) slightly get a higher mark in my book as they include more information on each beer and personal recommendation as to the tastes and flavours. This by no means means its bad either, its an excellent collection rather than a guide, similar in some aspects to the late Mr Jacksons Great Beer Guide: The World's 500 Best Beers. An excellent reference book maybe rather than a guide.
Its excellent value for money too as its 960 pages! The book is around three inch thick and contains many pictures of the beers themselves with the correct glass or interesting beer themed images.
Its not the best beer guide but its is an unique and wonderful collection of beers well worth your book shelf space! Recommended!
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The book is well written and pretty. Would be great for a coffee table.
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