A Guide Built for Novices and Experts Alike
5 out of 5 stars
Tasting Beer was written for both beginners and experts who want to learn more about beer. It covers topics such as beer and food pairing, different beer styles (updated for the 2nd edition), tastes, and other things that beer lovers should know and love.
As someone who has already taken the first level Cicerone test (Certified Beer Server) this book has been on my to-read pile for a while. I’m excited that it came out on audiobook by Tantor Audio so that I could both listen to it and make notes in my copy. Sometimes non-fiction books like this don’t make sense on audio since they are like sitting in a boring class with a monotoned professor who is just drowning on about stuff you want to learn but can’t. Tasting Beer and the way that Donald Corren narrated it was the opposite of that.
I’ve been around beer for some time now and I write a beer blog BeerGodBlog dot com. But, I also know that I don’t know everything. I jumped into this book with my mind open ready to learn. I’m really glad I did because there is a ton of information within the pages of this book.
I realized about halfway through Tasting Beer that I need to meet Randy Mosher and have a drink with him. I feel like I could learn more in five minutes talking to him than I learned in over a year working in the industry. He’s just a wealth of knowledge, but he’s also able to explain that knowledge and expertise in a way that is easy to digest and remember later. I will definitely be referring to this book numerous times as I attempt to take my Level 2 Cicerone certification.
Donald Corren was the perfect narrator for this. I spent many nights listening to this with a pint in my hand listening to Corren read Mosher’s words. I spent so much time with Corren in my ears that I felt like I had a new drinking buddy. Corren provides a great narration to a great book.
Tasting Beer (2nd Edition) by Randy Mosher
Narrator: Donald Corren
Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
Published by Tantor Audio on March 21, 2017
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This completely updated second edition of the best-selling beer resource features the most current information on beer styles, flavor profiles, sensory evaluation guidelines, craft beer trends, food and beer pairings, and draft beer systems. You’ll learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, mouth-feel, and vocabulary of the major beer styles — including ales, lagers, weissbeirs, and Belgian beers — and develop a more nuanced understanding of your favorite brews with in-depth sections on recent developments in the science of taste. Spirited drinkers will also enjoy the new section on beer cocktails that round out this comprehensive volume.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
A master of brewing science, Randy Mosher (Chicago, IL) applies his restless curiosity and creative energy toward the art of brewing.
As a veteran and award-winning brewer, Randy Mosher knows the rules of brewing and when to break them. He is the author of The Brewers Companion (Alephenalia Publications, 1994), the homebrewing columnist in All About Beer, a regular contributor to Zymurgy (the Journal of the American Homebrewers Association) and is a frequent lecturer on beer across the country. He is also on the board of directors of the American Homebrewers Association and the Chicago Beer Society.
With a background in advertising graphics, Mosher has been a creative force in homebrewing for more than 20 years. In Radical Brewing, he shares his many discoveries and secrets (try the recipe for Tangerine Porter) with an amusing tone and gently bent approach that will engage new brewers and captivate creative thinkers of all types.