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Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing (paperback)

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Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing (paperback)


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Why beer is good for you! A funny, engaging, deeply personal guide to beer + brewing: its history, culture, and future

  • By Charles Bamforth, author of Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing, and the world's #1 expert on beer.
  • Debunks a world of misconceptions about beer, and helps readers appreciate truly great beer.
  • Illuminates the radical changes now underway in the beer industry, as huge brewers consolidate and small "craft" brewers rise.
  • Description

    • Copyright 2011
    • Dimensions: 5-3/8" x 8-1/4"
    • Pages: 256
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-392541-2
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-392541-8

    Beer Is Proof God Loves Us is a funny, engaging, and downright joyous examination of the whole world of beer and brewing. Your guide, Charlie Bamforth, may be the world's #1 expert on every aspect of beer. After a worldwide search, he was selected as the first Anheuser-Busch Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis. Now, he presents the most compelling social history of beer ever written: where it came from, where the brewing business stands now, and what the future holds. In this far-reaching book, he reveals:

    ·    The extraordinary complexity and artistry that can be found in great brewing

    ·    The factors that impact beer quality and wholesomeness

    ·    Centuries-old cultural values embedded in good beer

    Bamforth also explains what the rise of new craft breweries means to beer drinkers and what the latest global trends will have on beer consumption. The book concludes with a look to the future, illustrating how environmental issues will change the brewing industry and addressing radical new approaches to brewing, such as Happoshu and malternatives.

    Sample Content

    Table of Contents

    Preface     xiii

    Introduction     xv

    Chapter 1: Global Concerns     1

    Chapter 2: The Not-So-Slow Death of a Beer Culture     23

    Chapter 3: Barbican, Balls, and Beyond     39

    Chapter 4: On The Other Hand: The Re-Birth of a Beer Ethos     49

    Chapter 5: So What Is Quality?     65

    Chapter 6: Despite the Odds: Anti-Alcohol Forces     79

    Chapter 7: Societal Issues     93

    Chapter 8: Looks Good, Tastes Good, and…     101

    Chapter 9: Whither Brewing?     115

    Chapter 10: God in a Glass     123

    Conclusion     129

    Endnotes     133

    Appendix A: The Basics of Malting and Brewing     213

    Appendix B: Types of Beer     219

    About the Author     223

    Index     225


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