I must be honest, I much prefer to drink beer (Responsibly) than read about. However came across this book recently at an RHS garden shop. Had a flick through it and found it extremely interesting and informative. Bought it through amazon.co.uk as it was half the shop price. Really good read and even includes a local micro brewery just 10mins down the road from me. Excellent. Cheers and bottoms up! Has become a topic of conversation with friends and prompts many discussions. It also goes through the brewing process as well. I can thoroughly recommend it!
I am always slightly wary about DK books as they have a habit of reissuing the same content under different titles eg The Beer Book reissued in part as Great Beers. This however has new content and is worth the money particularly with the Amazon discount against RRP. Tim Hampson knows his stuff and writes in a pleasant style although he does highlight a couple of breweries which are obviously his favourite from previous books eg Thornbridge, Brooklyn etc rather than picking on new examples which is a bit lazy.
Stan Hieronymus is a fellow author and I have enormous admiration for him since his seminal book on hops and therefore the US brewery section is very good.
Overall a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf for beer anoraks (I class myself as one) and a book which will find its way into a lot of Christmas stockings for Dads, Brothers, Uncles etc.
Excellent book. Good layout and lovely colour pics. It was a birthday present for a friend who loved it! The beers are categorised by country and continent so it is part travel book too! If you like trying new beers, it would make a smart ticklist!!