I have to admit, just like The Brewer’s Apprentice: An Insider’s Guide to the Art and Craft of Beer Brewing, Taught by the Masters, this book is a visual delight to read. Either Greg Koch has a fantastic eye for design, or his co-authors do. Beautiful colour photos, creatively displayed. Greg is once again a pleasure to read as he details Stone Brewing Co.‘s rise during the explosive craft brewing boom in the mid 1990’s. Starting any business has it’s risks and fair share of setbacks, but Stone persevered and shows, that good beer is good beer. Well, that, and a few crafty names and logos to help along the way. Stone brews what they like to drink, and if you don’t like it, they don’t really care. That may sound pretty arrogant (think Arrogant Bastard Ale) but they’re just pointing out that they have no intention of supporting the lowest common denominator beer drinker who puts back gallons of “tasteless bubbly yellow fizz”. Stone is built on brewing big. Hops are not just an ingredient, they’re a necessity.
The book takes you through history of the brewery and the people that made it possible. It chronicles all the special release beers and collaboration brews it has done. It also give us a scaled down recipes of their famous ales for us to try at home. Replete with food parings and recipes from the Stone World Bistro and Gardens, (which of course, all include beer!) this is a beautiful book and another great addition to your brewing library.
Find the book on Amazon: The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance