A Great Story and Reference
5 out of 5 stars
As someone who still really needs to take the dive into home brewing – I knew I had to read this book. I don’t know what’s holding me back (other than the fact that I work a full-time job and write both a book and a beer blog in my downtime. Along with being married and wanting to start a family). But, homebrewers always find time to make their beer and I really want to get into it. I think if my dad was closer we would have already done numerous batches together and figured it out, but I digress.
Knowing that I wanted to get into homebrewing lead me to this book from Tantor Audio. I was super excited that they’ve been producing/releasing a ton of beer-related content lately and I had to jump on The Secrets of the Master Brewers. I kind of wish that I had this sucker in paperback or hardcover since I think it would be both a good reference and one of those “proud to own” types of books.
I’d never heard of Alworth before this, but I will be checking out his other work along with any other blogging or online stuff that he’s done. He has a great ‘voice’ and makes telling a non-fiction book easy to read. Pair that with the narration done by Stephen Bowlby and you have a great book that was easy to listen to.
I will most likely pick up the kindle version of The Secrets of Master Brewers (when publishing it was priced at 2.99 on Amazon) since there were some points I would like to reference back to, but if you own that I believe that the audiobook would only be 7ish dollars — well worth it in my opinion. You can listen to this while you’re out there having a brew day in your basement or garage.
The Secrets of Master Brewers by Jeff Alworth
Narrator: Stephen Bowlby
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on May 30th 2017
Genres: Beer, Non-Fiction
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Best-selling author Jeff Alworth takes serious beer aficionados on a behind-the-scenes tour of 26 major European and North American breweries that create some of the world's most classic beers. Learn how the Irish make stout, the secrets of traditional Czech pilsner, and what makes English cask ale unique by delving deep into the specific techniques, equipment, and geographical factors that shape these distinctive styles. Contemporary brewers carrying on their traditions share insider knowledge and 26 original recipes to guide experienced homebrewers in developing your own special versions of each style.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Jeff Alworth is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. He writes about beer, cider, and occasionally, politics. His books include The Beer Bible (Workman), Cider Made Simple (Chronicle), and The Secrets of Master Brewers (Storey). His books have twice been cited by the North American Guild of Beer Writers as best book, and in 2016 the Beer Bible was named best wine, spirits, or beer book by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.