Stacked beside my bed and on the floor is always a pile of brewing books. Before I doze off into la-la land, I like to think of all the changes and improvements I’m going to make on my system and process as well as all the beers I want to brew.
Every time I read one of them, whether it’s the first time, or the tenth time, I usually find some useful information to apply or experiment with.
In my last shipment from Amazon.ca, I picked up 4 books. I wasn’t sure what I was going to start with, but The Brewer’s Apprentice: An Insider’s Guide to the Art and Craft of Beer Brewing, Taught by the Masters caught my eye right away.
I’m actually surprised that there is a book like this out there. I guess I’m assuming that brewing books are going to be old, rustic sources of information without much thought for design and layout. This book is modern, up to date, glossy and very fun to read. It’s well designed with beautiful photos. Co-authors Greg Koch (co-founder of Stone Brewing Co.,) and Matt Allyn’s enthusiasm and passion for brewing clearly shine through. Greg willingly shares his thoughts on brewing and brewing techniques, even his favourite hop combinations. Stone Brewing has built themselves by making bold beers, never being afraid of adding insane amounts of whatever moves them.
In the spirit of community that permeates the craft brewing industry, Greg take us around the U.S talking with some of the icons of craft brewing. Brewers like Ken Grossman from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River Brewing Co., Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales and many others. Each share their unique view and perspective, once again proving there are as many ways to brew as there are brewers.
This book is a joyful read and will help you brew a better Pale Ale as much as it will help you to try your hand at making a lambic.