FEATURE: Christmas Gifts for the Beer Lover – Books

Christmas Gifts for the Beer Lover

Gift giving for the craft beer fan in your life can be a bit stressful. What do you get them other than beer? Should you even buy them beer – what if they don't like what you've picked out? Well, in the upcoming weeks leading up to Christmas Ottawa Beer Events will be featuring some must-have gifts for the beer-lover on your list!

It's not a coincidence that you can use the term "cracking open" for both books and beer – they go well together! Some beer are even named after literary finds like the new Game of Thrones series of brews by Ommegang for example.

We've compiled a list of what we think are some great books to help craft beer enthusiasts discover and enjoy beer – whether you want to learn more about beer in general, the brewing process or how to cook some great dishes with beer – there's a book out there for you!

The World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the WorldThe World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World

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.

Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink
Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink

For everyone who has known the pleasure of a pint, Randy Mosher explores and explains the tasting experience, guiding readers to a better understanding of how every batch of beer is affected by recipe formulation, brewhouse procedures, yeasts, fermentations, carbonation, filtration, packaging, and much more. Readers will learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouth-feel of all the major beer styles. The book includes a style-by-style compendium of the different brews within major beer families, including American craft brews, British lagers, German ales, and Belgian Dubbels. For each style, Mosher includes historical and regional facts, taste and aroma characteristics, seasonal availability, food pairings, and a few terrific recommendations for readers to sample.


Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft BreweryBrewing Up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Starting with nothing more than a home brewing kit, Sam Calagione turned his entrepreneurial dream into a foamy reality in the form of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America's best and fastest growing craft breweries.

Calagione offers a deeper real-world look at entrepreneurship and what it takes to operate and grow a successful business. He discusses Dogfish's most innovative marketing ideas, including how social media has become an integral part of the business model and how other small businesses can use it to catch up with bigger competitors.



The Complete Joy Of Homebrewing Third Edition The Complete Joy Of Homebrewing Third Edition

Charlie Papazian, master brewer and founder and president of the American Homebrewer's Association and Association of Brewers, presents a fully revised edition of his essential guide to homebrewing. This third edition of the best-selling and most trusted homebrewing guide includes a complete update of all instructions, recipes, charts, and guidelines. Everything you need to get started is here, including classic and new recipes for brewing stouts, ales, lagers, pilseners, porters, specialty beers, and honey meads.


 The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook

David Ort, author of the popular blog Food with Legs, gives us a lively and engaging introduction to craft beer as well as an across-the-board set of recipes that use craft beer as an ingredient. Starters and snacks, noodles and rice, seafood and meat and poultry, even beer cocktails and sweets and desserts make an appearance (Oak-Aged Old-Ale Ice Cream, anyone?). Dishes such as Beer Fondue and Currywurst are new twists on old classics. The Beer Pantry section has mouth-watering condiments: Pumpkin Ale Mustard and Wild Beer Vinegar, to name just two. Each recipe includes a recommendation for a specific Canadian craft beer as the beer ingredient.



The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution The Audacity of Hops

In 1975, there was a single craft brewery in the United States; today there are more than 2,000. A once-fledgling, clumsy movement, craft beer has become ubiquitous nationwide and even includes a honey ale brewed at the White House. Powered by millions of savvy, devoted consumers and raking in billions of dollars annually for producers and retailers, the movement has changed the industry landscape and the international reputation of American beer, upended the big beer giants that once seemed untouchable, and altered forever drinking habits, closet hobbies, and bar conversation.

Check back next Wednesday for more beer-y Christmas gift inspiration that doesn't involve you visiting the LCBO or Beer Store.

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