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Ultimate Beer

Ultimate Beer

Ultimate Beer

The ultimate guide to more than 450 classic brews, presented by the Beer Hunter(r) himself, Michael Jackson.Possibly the world’s most famous beer writer, British author Michael Jackson has made an enviable living surveying the lure and the lore of this most democratic of beverages. His classic coffee-table textbooks, The New World Guide to Beer and Michael Jackson’s Beer Companion, offer highly regarded overviews of the world’s styles, traditions, and techniques. Along with a television document

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  1. 13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very enjoyable and informative, August 6, 2003
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    magellan (Santa Clara, CA) –
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    This review is from: Ultimate Beer (Hardcover)

    This is a large, coffee-table sized book on nice, glossy paper with beautiful photos and graphics. Those of you who know Jackson as a beer and scotch writer need no introduction to him, but for those of you who won’t, Jackson has authored numerous books on single-malt whisky and beer and starred in and wrote the “The Beer Hunter” TV series, where he travelled the world in search of great beers.

    Jackson puts his vast knowledge of beer to work in this very attractive work. There is a tremendous amount of enjoyable detail, history, tasting notes, and other information in this book. In contrast to some of his other books, this one is more topically organized–that is, there are sections on many of the different types and styles of beers, “Winter Warmers” (i.e., the bock beers), “Strong Ales,” and “Belgian Wheats”– and so on. Also interestingly, the later sections are on picking beers to go well with foods, and there are separate sections on seafood, beef, poultry, etc. These sections take up perhaps one-third of the book.

    The layout and writing is well organized and fits well with the graphics on each page. Each section has an introductory paragraph or two to introduce the style of beer, giving the basic facts and some history. Then the rest of the area on each page shows photos of prominent examples of each beer with descriptions, including historical info on the brewery and tasting notes. Over 450 important beers are pictured and discussed, making this a veritable treasure trove of fun information on all types of beer. Overall another great beer book from Jackson, and if I had to pick one beer book from him to have, this would probably be it.

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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Joy of Drinking Beer, June 26, 1999
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    Bryan Carey “Bryan Carey” (Houston, TX) –
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    This review is from: Ultimate Beer (Hardcover)

    “Ultimate Beer” by Michael Jackson, is a great book to acquaint the curious beer drinker with the unique characteristics and styles that are available. Beer is no longer the boring, “they all taste the same” beverage that it was in the United States for so long. Thanks to the microbrewing revolution, beer is now the equivalent of wine in respect to its diversity and its adaptability to many occasions.

    The best part of this book is the illustrations. Each beer is presented in a section with similar beer styles, complete with a picture of the bottle and a picture of a glass filled with that particular brand of beer. There is also a food/occasion section with more pictures of beer along with the food that it best accomodates.

    This book provides a good reference to the many styles of beer, the brewing process, and the compatibility of beer to any taste or occasion. Take notice: after you read this book and look at those full glasses of beer, you will have an uncontrollable urge to head to the nearest beverage store!

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