In Praise of Beer

ISBN : 9780190845957

Charles W. Bamforth
168 ページ
156 x 235 mm
  • Bamforth examines beer and beer consumption with the knowledge of an expert and the tone of young beer enthusiast
  • Offers clear and concise ways to examine beer like an industry expert
  • Includes a comprehensive list of sources for further reading

In Praise of Beer is a helpful guide for beer lovers looking to learn more about what they should look for with each sip of beer. In his latest book, Charles Bamforth brings new light to the topic of beer in ways perfect for any beer fan, lover, or connoisseur. In Praise of Beer is a helpful guide for consumers who want to better understand about the beer they drink. This book answers popular questions from consumers, including what consumers should be expecting from their beer; what styles are available; what they should be thinking about when purchasing beer, either in a bar or a beer shop; how to look after beer; how to present beer; which beer for which occasion, including dining; and if they can drink beer (in moderation) with a clear conscience. In Praise of Beer is written in an authoritative but easy-to-read style and is full of anecdotes, inside knowledge and valuable information.


Chapter 1: Perceptions
Chapter 2: Processes
Chapter 3: Sorts
Chapter 4: Shopping
Chapter 5: Bars
Chapter 6: Beer Talk
Chapter 7: Dining
Chapter 8: Body
Chapter 9: Business
Chapter 10: Onwards

Further Reading


Dr. Charlie Bamforth is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Davis, California. He has been part of the brewing industry since 1978 and was formerly in senior roles with Brewing Research International and Bass Brewers in Britain. He has published more than 300 papers and articles and has written or edited more than 20 books. Since January 2019, he has been Senior Quality Advisor to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

"If you are expecting a placid trip through beer styles, a little bit of history, some technical info, and some flavor profiles, it's time to buckle up and get ready for a wild ride. Bamforth delivers the goods as always, but leavened by wry humor, hard-won experience, a whiff of carnality and more than a little love. You could scarcely ask for a better guide to what beer is, what it tastes like, and, importantly, what it means." -- Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster at The Brooklyn Brewery and editor of The Oxford Companion to Beer

"Delightful reading: surprising personal stories and relevant statements everyone should consider when talking about beer! Bamforth's work was enough to earn him a reputation as one of the most renowned brewing science Professors, but this book explains why the "B" in Beer, apart from its origins in Brewing, also has something to do with Bamforth!" -- Tiago Brandão, European Brewing Convention and the Super Bock Group
"Bamforth, like no other, understands how to impart brewing knowledge in an instructive and entertaining way. It doesn't matter whether his readers are professionals or consumers interested in beer and brewing. What you always wanted to know about beer and beer brewing - here you will find the answers - anything but dry. A real must-read!" -- Lydia Junkersfeld, Editor-in-Chief of BRAUWELT International and Brewing Science