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The World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World [Hardcover]

Tim Webb , Stephen Beaumont
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Oct. 2 2012
Got beer? This comprehensive, fully illustrated volume on beer by two of the world's leading authorities is more than just an in-depth history of this delightful beverage--its origins, brewing methods and technologies, trends, and more--from ancient times until the present day. It is also a detailed overview of more than 500 of the greatest beers from around the world, with sections devoted to major beer-producing countries and regions, including information on craft brewing, emerging markets, extreme beers, future-trend forecasts, and more.

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"The ultimate glossy resource. The authors cover beers from over 35 countries, and include tasting notes for over 500 international beers. Maps and color photographs take beer-loving readers on a comprehensive, fact-filled tour." -- Publishers Weekly ("This Holiday Season's Standout Beer Books.")
"The global history of beer is presented in this engaging and attractive volume. Excellent color photographs accompany the text, which offers information on buying and drinking beer, as well as a geographic survey of beers around the world. Other topics covered include the various types of beer, brewing methods and technologies, trends, brands, and more. Beer aficionados will enjoy reading the tasting notes for more than 500 beers, while newbies will learn quite a bit about the origins and complexities of beer.” —Booklist

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Stephen Beaumont is recognized internationally as one of the leading writers on beer in the world today. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to a dozen books, including the pioneering A Taste for Beer and The beerbistro Cookbook. Over more than two decades, Stephen has written literally hundreds of articles and columns for publications as diverse as the International Herald Tribune and Whisky Advocate and hosted almost as many beer tastings, dinners and educational events, from São Paulo to Milan and Montréal to Atlanta.
Tim Webb is a renowned beer writer with a particular interest in Belgian beer and has compiled eight editions of Good Beer Guide Belgium. He co-wrote 100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die! and Lamieland. Tim writes for Beer Advocate Magazine and is managing editor of his own niche publishing company, which has produced beer guides to London, Brussels, Bruges, and Amsterdam. For six years he was on the board of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and formerly ran their Great British Beer Festival. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A great read, lots of fabulous pictures, and a great look at beers from around the world. The World Atlas of Beer offers a brief (and fascinating) history of beer, takes you through chapters on each of its ingredients, tells you about the different brewing processes - from micro to macro - and covers the important topics of how to pour, what kind of glass to use, and how to pair foods with your beer. And all this before you are taken on a whirlwind tour around the world to discover the beers unique to each region.

With the proliferation of microbreweries worldwide over the last decade, a book such as this cannot hope to cover more than a small percentage of beers available - it can only hit SOME of the highlights for each region - and in that I found it a bit disappointing. I was a little shocked to see that Guinness, Ireland's best known export (and the beer that converted me from mainstream beers) was not even listed. In Ontario, Canada, (my home province) there are 8 beers (all microbrewed) listed, out of hundreds to choose from. And the authors didn't even try to cover the unusual beers from exotic locales like Tibet, Nepal, Samoa, or Uzbekistan, etc. (A great resource for discovering just how many breweries are out there is beerme.com)

But even with the limited selection of beers described, it is still a great read and a beautiful coffee table book, and I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The world atlas of beer Dec 15 2013
By katzi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I purchased this lovely book for a good friend for Xmas - He enjoys his beer and experiments with the varieties on the market. The price was good and the quality very good. the art work and quality of the book itself is lovely. Irene.
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For the person who really enjoys trying a new beer, this book makes a perfect gift. It not only has great descriptions, photos but maps as well for the world traveler to locate the actual breweries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice gift item Jan. 8 2013
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Bought this as a gift for a beer lover and he loved it. Still reads it to this day and displays it. Shipping was fast and book was in perfect condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars viva la beer revolucion Sept. 19 2012
By motlalekhotso - Published on Amazon.com
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The amount of attention paid to cocktails, whiskey, wine, and others is a flood compared with the drips and drops of books on beer. Instead, beer enthusiasts depend on festivals, magazines, blogs, beer labels and other random sources to learn about the world of beer. Now, however, we have a new and wonderful resource that will be a companion on my beer journeys, whether they go from the fridge to the couch or across oceans.

Beaumont and Webb build on Jackson's classic 35-year-old World Guide to Beer. They cover basics like charting where beer comes from, how it's made, what goes in it, who makes it, and, most interestingly to me, where it's made. Open up the book to a random page or look up a specific term--either way you're going to come out of the book knowing more than when you went in.

The scope is broad, yet focused. It succeeds in drawing a clear and detailed portrait of where brewing is around the world today. Maps, pictures, charts and other graphics help keep interest high and get a lot of important information out there.

It's amazing to me how clearly the authors document the explosive and ongoing growth that is occurring in beer consumption, creation, and distribution. We can now enjoy more beer varieties from more breweries in more countries than ever. We are truly blessed with beer today, and this book celebrates the craft beer revolution for which I am very, very grateful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beer travellers Oct. 3 2012
By mike - Published on Amazon.com
I finished this book a little while ago after getting my first copy at the Great Canadian Beer Fest. As was suggested this is indeed an excellent snapshot of who's brewing what and where in the world as of when it went to print. It surely opened my eyes and now serves as a great guide to go in search of new beer as I travel.

This book is very nicely written with plenty of lovely photographs throughout. In this brand new age of excellent beer reference material i.e. the "Oxford Companion to Beer" and "The Brewmasters Table" this book does a great job of filling in the beer fan and the curious as to who's out there brewing and where we can find it travelling the world.

The neophyte is not forgotten here as the book starts out with descriptions of what beer is, how it's made, and a summary of its history. Even for seasoned veterans in the world of beer the quality of writing still keeps these topics engaging. What follows is a wealth of research and information put down in a sensible guidebook fashion that the reader can enjoy cover to cover or open at any page.

It is amazing to see where we have come since Michael Jackson wrote his first look at the world as it pertains to beer 35 years ago, and if the authors are right the future looks pretty bright.

Well done gentlemen, thank you for taking the time to put this together for all of us out here in beer land, I for one appreciate the obvious amount of work you put into this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overjoyed Nov. 12 2012
By Arobles - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been waiting for this book to come out for some time and it was definitely worth the wait. Very comprehensive guide to beer for the novice and seasoned aficionado.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is for the Kindle edition - book in paper is 5 stars Jan. 24 2013
By Club Belgique - Published on Amazon.com
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I have waited for any of Webb's books to come out digitally, and so stoked when this came out for Kindle.

However, in the Kindle version you cannot bookmark, nor search for text. You can barely read it on an iPad/Kindle app as much of the text is very small. You cannot change the size of the font, as there is no "text" to speak of. Each page appears to be made up of several "tiles" so that if you try to zoom in on a page, only the one "tile" zooms, often with parts offscreen so you still can't read it. Really really disappointed. Will try it on a Kindle Fire, just to be sure...

Well, essentially unreadable on the Kindle Fire. The screen is smaller than the iPad, so the text is minuscule. On the Kindle version one CAN search text. The "tiles" are actually zoomable and therefore readable, however they seem to come from random spots on the page, not the paragraph you tapped. Also oddly on the Kindle once you show them, they don't disappear until you go to the next page.

Kindle Fire and iPad 2 Kindle app - latest OS and updates installed...

Update - to be fair to Amazon, they did refund the price after I explained the issues. Very odd in that I have never seen any eBooks work this way; let's hope the 2013 Webb book on Belgian beer is a ebook, and that its a "real" ebook and not this aberration.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, makes a great gift! Nov. 11 2013
By Shelby Johns - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a gift for a male and he loved it! very informative with lots of locations that we want to try out someday!
Worth the buy!
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