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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.

©2017 Jeff Alworth (P)2017 Tantor

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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.

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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.

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Very informative

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Deni
  • 20-05-18

great book inspiration from history

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

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  • Darb
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Mike von
  • 30-05-20

Detailed read

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • David S.
  • 24-01-19

Great book

This is a great book. I will buy a hard copy of the book just so I can review and have the recipes. I wish they gave you a pdf of things like recipes with audiobooks. Maybe I could play the audiobook to my computer at night and have the whole book in a word doc in the morning??

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  • Michael
  • 04-10-18

Wonderfully insightful!

I recommend this book to all brewers. This book will add to ones perspective and creativity!