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Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Brewing Revolution

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Fine wine has always had its expert guides to taste and terroir. Why not beer? Funky, young, and smart, this is the ultimate beer geek's companion, covering everything from the homebrew renaissance to nanobreweries to many of America's preeminent beer events and festivals.
 
There's a revolution brewing among craft beer makers: They're reviving long-forgotten recipes, dosing
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Sterling Epicure
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Jackie
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly fun read! Brewed Awakening is a primer for lovers of craft brewing. The book hits first the basics (beer ingredients), and covers topics such as seasonal and organic beers before finally wrapping up with a chapter on cellaring beer and beer-pairing dinners. My fiance is a home brewer, and I spent every night for a week bugging him with "Have you ever had a gueuze?" or "Did you know beers with high ABVs cellar the best?" I also really enjoyed the stories of how small breweries beg ...more
Josh
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Now, I know that there’s a lot of craft beer books out there. The trick these days isn’t to write about the topic well, but to approach it in a new, interesting way. I went into Bernstein’s book a skeptic (”joy, another *yawn* book about the growth of craft beer”), and came out a true believer.

The genius behind Brewed Awakening is that it doesn’t waste time covering topics explored by dozens of other beer books. Bernstein doesn’t devote chapters and chapters to the fall and rise of good beer in
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Gregg
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Thanks!

This is really a nice reference/history guide to micro, nano and craft brewing today. Learn the differences between the different types of beers available in ever-increasing markets. The author provides a wonderful explanation of hops and the wide variety of flavors and characteristics they bring to a beer. Learn about the new movement to bring back old recipes with modern twists, barrel aging vs. bottle conditioning, what differences t
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Emily
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is great... My Father is really into brewing every year, this book made his day!
Jimbot
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: brewing
As a lover of craft beers, this book was right up my alley. It starts off strong, with some concepts I'm really interested in such as ingredients. It hits those strong, with some excellent flavor descriptions, and the best chart of hops I've seen.
Reading this book feels like you are in a room of beer nerds and they are all welcoming you into the family and telling you their stories. And just like any party, that is exciting. For a while. There are a couple chapters in the middle that I struggled
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Koen
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beer
Another introductory guide to, mainly American, craft beer and one i would definitely recommend. Bernstein approaches the subject in a more serious manner than for instance the last book i read on craft beer. No forced shot at being humorous but not dry and dull either. The author has a pleasant writing style and despite the book being several years old it still feels very current. I read the ebook version so i didn't really get the benefit of the hardcover layout which, as i understand mimics a ...more
Emilia P
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: real-books
A quick, thirst-piquing read -- it covered lots of craft-beer-related things, like ingredients (hops, yeast, barley, water, and all the additions possible), bottles v. cans, resurrecting old brewing traditions, and so forth. It was largely and not entirely smoothly a collection of Bernstein's essays and reviews for other publications, but, that said, it was really pretty cool -- and the yellowed/beer-stained page layout actually, surprisingly worked.

What I wanted from it, and didn't get, and tho
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Bianca
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ever passed by the beer aisle and been drawn to the little-known, but mystical sounding, names and labels? Too afraid to give it a try? Check this book out so you can get a great introduction to craft beer. The author has done his research (what a hard life) and it shows in the product. He doesn't dumb everything down, but he doesn't try to make you feel like an idiot. I feel like this is a great introduction to the movement toward great tasting, unique, regional beers. At the end of each chapte ...more
Jonele
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't drink beer, but I have family that does and two of them have been labeled Beer Snobs. But even if you don't like to drink it, this is still a very interesting book. I was even able to come away and tell them things about craft brewing they didn't know! And it's just amazing all the different types that are made, how they are made, the incredible variety of ingredients (the number of hop varieties!) And if you ARE a beer geek, you'll probably still learn things you dind't know and be insp ...more
Scott
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Some really neat info in here. It's a good intro book to those interested in learning more about the variety of brewing more so than a book for those who know the difference between barley wine and strong ale. Still, some neat facts and just overall solid book. I mean, like actually a solid book: well bound, good photos, and the cover is a beer map! Sold. Only mentioned two St. Louis beers and rather briefly compared to the east and west coast breweries. Since the author hails from NY, I guess I ...more
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