Listen free for 30 days

  • The Secrets of Master Brewers

  • Techniques, Traditions, and Homebrew Recipes for 26 of the World's Classic Beer Styles, from Czech Pilsner to English Old Ale
  • By: Jeff Alworth, Stan Hieronymus
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Home & Garden, Food & Wine
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £26.29

Buy Now for £26.29

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

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.

©2017 Jeff Alworth (P)2017 Tantor

What listeners say about The Secrets of Master Brewers

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

interesting narration.

really enjoyed the narration, right up to the point the narrator started doing his exceptionally bad British accent. it's a book about brewing beer. literally no one in Britain, England in particular, talks like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Popins.

The facts and content is very good and I have learnt, in between laughing at the accent.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

It was always going to be touch and go

There is a load of good stuff in this book and I would have never got round to it if it was not on audible.
The issue is this is at its heart a reference book and I think it would be best consumed physically where I could flick through and read the section I was interested in at the time.
The narration is fine. I think other people have mentioned it but the accents are pure comedy.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very informative

Very well researched , covers all possible beer styles, with loads of recipes. The narrators foreign accent s were a good laugh.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Vivien L. Steele
  • Vivien L. Steele
  • 20-08-18

Great for Novice to Advanced Brewers

This book does not contain recipes on how to clone 26 popular beers. Rather, it illustrates the history, culture, and other regional factors that led to the development of specific styles.
Part anthropology, part chemistry, part history, and part microbiology, each chapter walks the reader through the characteristics of a style of beer and the range of variety within it.
There are recipes at the end of each chapter with explanations on how to adjust ingredients and process to brew to your preferences while staying within that style.
I finished the book wanting to travel to each place mentioned, try the genuine article, and come home to make some of my own.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Josh
  • Josh
  • 29-12-17

Must read book for beer drinkers and beer brewers

This book is so important to read if you enjoy drinking beer. It is also a great reference of you ever plan to brew. excellently narrated also. I kept thinking the narrator had all the experience of the author. Booking ticket to Belgium now!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mike von
  • Mike von
  • 30-05-20

Detailed read

Great book for the intermediate to advanced brewer. Goes into great detail which I loved.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Deni
  • Deni
  • 20-05-18

great book inspiration from history

historical and modern techniques that help you brew an original beer. great reader and pace

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brad
  • Brad
  • 08-02-18

Worth listening to at least 30 to 40 times.

A romanticized tale of the brewing arts. Love this. An in depth look at at how styles are executed.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kelly Smith
  • Kelly Smith
  • 07-01-22

Great book about brewing styles!

This is a wonderfully written book about different beer brewing styles! I highly recommend this book if you are interested in beer or brewing! My only problem is the narrator felt the overwhelming need to give the same accent to all the Brewers he quoted in the story I found it to be irritating and distracting. Otherwise narrator did an outstanding job.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Daniel Shane Brooks
  • Daniel Shane Brooks
  • 29-12-21

Outstanding

One of the best beer/homebrew books I've read. It assumes you know how to homebrew, the acronyms, and the jargon, which to me is the best part. The stories are entertaining, give you, in brewing terms, the history of some of the most popular styles of beer, and even gives you a recipe at the end. The input from modern pro brewers was a nice surprise, also. Beginning brewers may get a bit lost, whereas intermediate and advanced brewers will find a wealth of information they can apply, both directly and indirectly. I could even see this being a valuable BJCP preparation tool for the styles covered. Highly recommended.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Henrik
  • Henrik
  • 06-10-20

Stop with the accents

Great book but the phony accents of the reader drive me crazy. Trying to sound german but not able to pronunce Kölch properly. O and Ö is not the same letter no matter what Mick Mars says.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

Interesting format

Great book with a very interesting format for presenting the beer cultures of the world, but I can’t keep a straight face when the narrator puts on accents when reading quotes from foreign sources.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Phoenix
  • Phoenix
  • 28-11-19

Narrator butchers pronunciation & accents

Interesting stories, and an awesome opportunity to learn more about the culture behind some iconic styles. Unfortunately though, the narrator butchers the pronunciation of technical terms and his attempt at accents is cringe-worthy. Good book nonetheless.