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.