The Beer Books You Should Own

Beer BooksLearning about beer is addictive. The more you know about beer, the more you’re going to enjoy each beer you drink. And once you’ve gotten a taste of this effect, you’re going to want more of it. But there are a lot of beer books out there, so it can be hard to know where to start building your own beer reference library. Here are some of our favorites that are a great place to start: 

Beer Books You Should Own

Beer Books You Should Own

The Oxford Companion to Beer – edited by Garrett Oliver: This is the best all-in-one resource on every aspect of beer—chemistry, history, geography, and seemingly anything else you might want to know. Edited by the renowned brewmaster for the Brooklyn Brewery, the alphabetical entries are written by an all-star lineup the beer world’s most respected experts. If you only own one book about beer it should be this.

Great Beers of Belgium by Michael Jackson: Belgian beers are very complex, both in terms of their flavors and the processes for making them. Jackson—a Scotsman, not the late King of Pop—writes about them with a passion that’s impossible not to feel yourself. Crack open a great Trappist Ale or Lambic and sit down with this book. You’ll be on your way to becoming an expert on the world’s finest beers.

Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher: When you want to get really serious about sharpening your palate and becoming a master beer taster, this is the book you’ll want to reach for first. Mosher has written several beloved beer books, but this one is one we keep returning to when we can’t quite put our finger on what a certain flavor or aroma is.

The Brewmaster’s Table by Garrett Oliver: This is the definitive guide to beer and food pairing. Oliver truly believes in beer’s potential to pair with great foods, and it’s hard to disagree with him as you read this book. No matter what you’re serving or ordering, you can get reliable advice on what beer to crack with it in these pages.

Beer School by Steve Hindy & Tom Potter: Beer School is the story of one of America’s first popular craft breweries, and an insider look at how the business of beer works. Most of all it’s about how passion for great brews is enough for an entrepreneur to overcome any obstacles.

How to Brew by John Palmer: This is the definitive all-in-one guide to homebrewing. Even if you don’t have the desire to make your own beer (yet), reading this book will equip you with a working knowledge of how beer comes into existence. And this will sharpen your appreciation of the great beverage.

Microbrewed Adventures by Charlie Papazian: Papazian has been a beloved part of the American craft brew scene for decades, and has arguably done more than any one other person to spread the love of making and appreciating craft beer. In this book, he describes the breweries he’s visited and the beers he’s drank in every part of the USA, as well as around the world. Full of great stories, unforgettable characters, and mouth-watering brews (including homebrew recipes), this book captures the phenomenon of craft beer like few others.