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|American beer has come a long way from the bland brews of the 1970s to the wide range of present-day craft beers. Many of the popular brewing companies have home brew roots. Agnew, author of the blog A Perfect Pint, has put together a recipe book with help from others in the home brewing community including Billy Broas, Denny Conn, Matthew Schaefer, and Jordan Wiklund, in which each brewer was given a range of formulas to sample from commercial craft brewers. While the recipes are accompanied by straightforward instructions, they are definitely aimed at those who have made their own beer before. Furthermore, each beverage has been adjusted so that readers can make these recipes their own. Also included are descriptions of the beer produced and profiles of the craft brewery. VERDICT Although this book is not for the novice beer maker, the experienced brewer will find much to enjoy here.-Ginny Wolter, Toledo-Lucas Cty. P.L. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.|
|As the craft beer craze continues to sweep the nation, more and more people are deciding to try their hand at creating their own perfect brew. In Craft Beer for the Homebrewer , beer writer and certified cicerone (think sommelier for beer ) Michael Agnew merges the passions of consumption and creation into one definitive guidebook, designed for the craft beer lover who also happens to be a homebrew enthusiast. Agnew presents dozens of recipes adapted by craft brewmasters for the homebrewer to make in his or her own kitchen, basement, garage, or patio. Based on the actual production beers of featured microbreweries, these recipes cover the entire range of beer styles--ambers and pales, IPAs, stouts and porters, Irish and Scottish ales, Belgians, and wheats--representing craft breweries from across the United States. Each recipe is accompanied by full-color photography, an ingredient list, instructions for both the mash and extract brewer, and historical and anecdotal notes about the brewery that provided it. Agnew prefaces the book with an introduction to the craft beer industry, briefly discussing the major ingredients and required equipment that homebrewers will encounter inside. With its meticulous selection of delicious beer varieties, Craft Beer for the Homebrewer offers a beautifully designed collection of microbrews for the homebrewer on the cutting edge of the craft beer scene.|
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