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Michael Jackson's award-winning books have established him as a world expert on beer, whisky, and other libations. He has been twice honored by Malt Advocate Magazine as "Industry Leader of the Year". He was elected the first chairman of the Guild of Beer Writers in Britain and has been honored in France, Germany, and Belgium. He received the first Achievement Award from A ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 30th 1993 by Mitchell Beazley (first published 1993)
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This dude is the quintessential beer geek. Like 20 years before it was "mainstream", he blazed the way for the rest of us. Sad he died so early.
This classic guide encourages people to elevate their beer drinking to the same degree usually reserved for fine wine. Writing about of the history and ingredients of beer Jackson shows us that “Beer deserves to be treated as a civilized drink; it may even have been the cause of civilization.'' Following are descriptive sections on Great Beer Styles of the World (Beer produced by Belgian Trappist Monks? What’s the true origin of Budweiser?) and Beer and Food (Beer with dessert?), which includes ...more
Tom Menner
This book, while dated at this point, is endlessly fascinating. The late drinks journalist Michael Jackson takes you on a world tour of beer - of styles, flavors, breweries, and even the brewers themselves. I actually met him at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver back in ~1992, as I purchased his "Beer Hunter" software (for Windows 3.1, so long since defunct) and had him autograph it. Years later, I stopped in a Belgian beer bar in Tokyo (Shibuya) with my friend Miles; and there on a cop ...more
This Michael Jackson was one of the foremost authorities on beer until his death from Parkinson's in 2007. His beer companion takes you on a tour of beer styles around the world, giving you the history and characteristics of the style, along with notable producers. Early on in my beer education I studied this tome so that I could recognize some of the best beers when perusing a store or a good bar's beer list. This book has been slightly superseded informationally by The Brewmaster's Table, but ...more

This is not the Michael Jackson you are thinking of. This one is a world renowned expert on beer, and this is his ultimate guide to the ultimate beverage. It took me a while to get through it, just because there is a lot of information to absorb. He delves into a little bit of history on the various styles, as well as the intricacies on how beers can vary widely within a particular style. This one is a must for a beer lover like me.
Informative and entertaining catalog of the classic beer styles. Jackson includes some info about American Craft Brewers when appropriate. An all around great book for beer lovers, I doubt Jackson ever wrote a bad one.
Somewhat dated, but nice overview of many of the styles of beer. Michael Jackson gives a colorful description of styles and flavors of each.
Though somewhat dated by explosion of craft-beers on the market since its publication - Jackson still presents an informative and engaging tour through the history and world of good beer.
Review hopefully forthcoming
Rest in peace, MJ.
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