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Michael Jackson's Beer Companion: The World's Great Beer Styles, Gastronomy, and Traditions Hardcover – Jun 19 1997


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Running Press; 2nd edition (June 19 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762402016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762402014
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"Beer deserves to be treated as a civilized drink; it may even have been the cause of civilization." Jackson ( The New World Guide to Beer ) here presents a knowledgeable and civilized survey of the various and sundry beers imbibed around the globe. You'll learn, for example, that Ninkasi was a Sumerian goddess of brewing, and that malt-making may be as much as 4000 years old. He explains what fruit beers are ("A beer made with fruit sounds like a contradiction. Surely it is a wine?"), and defines lagers, ales, porters, wheat beers and more; discusses and rates the beers of assorted nations; and suggests what foods go well with which beers. Jackson is excellent at combining historical detail with current information about the beers and brewers in question; his organization is logical and accessible. Beautifully photographed and designed for sustained browsing as well as authoritative reference, this book will appeal to both beer tyros and more sophisticated tipplers. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By Hoppy Doppelrocket on Feb. 6 2002
Format: Hardcover
Michael Jackson has long been considered one of (if not the) world's foremost experts on beer (so much so that those who love beer think of this Michael long before the putative Pop King Michael). And this book only adds to that well-deserved reputation.
Jackson's "Beer Companion" is loaded with color photos of many beer styles, labels, breweries, and watering holes and gives a decent history of the various brewing styles and tastes (very fascinating!). Mr. Jackson provides advice for what beers go with what foods (and it does matter) and suggests some good drinking establishments (and breweries) to visit if you're a world traveler. A good drinking companion indeed. Unfortunately, the book is somewhat large (and annoying to travel with) so you may be better off reading it first, taking some notes, and bringing the (also essential) Pocket Beer Guide with you instead. Enjoy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Essential Feb. 6 2002
By Hoppy Doppelrocket - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Michael Jackson has long been considered one of (if not the) world's foremost experts on beer (so much so that those who love beer think of this Michael long before the putative Pop King Michael). And this book only adds to that well-deserved reputation.
Jackson's "Beer Companion" is loaded with color photos of many beer styles, labels, breweries, and watering holes and gives a decent history of the various brewing styles and tastes (very fascinating!). Mr. Jackson provides advice for what beers go with what foods (and it does matter) and suggests some good drinking establishments (and breweries) to visit if you're a world traveler. A good drinking companion indeed. Unfortunately, the book is somewhat large (and annoying to travel with) so you may be better off reading it first, taking some notes, and bringing the (also essential) Pocket Beer Guide with you instead. Enjoy.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The International Language is Beer Oct. 21 1999
By George Schaefer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I began my own personal journey into good beer back when Samuel Adams Lager was considered an exotic option to Heineken. I, along with many of my friends, became curious about investigating this exciting new angle to drinking beer. We all learned that there is more to drinking beer than just foolishly slurping Budweiser. One of the best sources for learning about beer styles and great beers brewed around the world is reading the books of Michael Jackson, British writer not American singer. Luckily, he removes one glove long enough to write these books. If you want to learn about beer, this is a very good resource. In my travels around America and the world, I seek out beers he recommends. This book is a primer on the many splenid styles of beer. There is a difference between an India Pale Ale and a Czech pilsner. He will point out several classic examples of each style he documents. I learned about the traditions of the countries that have great brewing histories. Beer is not just for breakfast anymore and Michael Jackson is one of the leaders in spreading the good word. His poetic prose and vast knowledge of the subject make for a fascinating read. Even a non-believer might learn a thing or two from this book. From Abbey doubles to Extra Special Bitters to Berliner weissebiers, this book has it all.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Best Beer Guide Yet Aug. 2 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jackson was among the first (if not the first) authors to write a guidebook to beer and he remains the best. The Beer Companion is impeccably researched and comprehensive. Jackson's colorful writing style, with occasional touches of wry humor, gets the reader through 280 pages on beer without ever sounding repetitive. In addition, the book contains copious photographs and would look good on anyone's coffee table.

Although it covers a lot of the same ground as Jackson's earlier World Guide to Beer, it is more up-to-date and easier to read. Unlike the World Guide, which was organized by country, the Beer Companion features chapters on each of the world's great beer styles. This makes it a more usable reference for us amatuer brewers.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great info on most beer styles Sept. 12 2005
By AC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a homebrewer, I found this book to be very helpful in creating recipes for various styles of beer. He goes into good detail about them and provides descriptions of a few primary examples of styles. If I have any criticism it would be that I would have done away with the "cooking with beer" articles at the end of the book (you can find better and more comprehensive info elsewhere) and instead added more info about obscure beer styles such as American Stock Ale, Baltic Porter, Kellerbier, Finnish Sahti, Kentucky Common Beer, etc.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great overview of beer styles Sept. 14 2000
By Jeff Frane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Most of Jackson's other books are organized by region, shopping guides country-by-country. What makes this book particular useful is is attention to various beerstyles, with history and definition for each, along with listings of the classic examples. It's also a gorgeous book, with mouth-watering photos of beer and the geography of beer.
On another note, it's interesting that the only "reviews" that dismiss Jackson as a hack are unsigned. No e-mail addresses, just "a reader". Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
--Jeff Frane


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