The best books for beer lovers this Christmas

Christmas is upon us, and Brews News has you covered with this selection of beer books that could make the perfect gifts for discerning drinkers.

The Pub
British beer writer Pete Brown has travelled to hundreds of pubs across the UK, and through his experience and knowledge of beer and pubs has written about the best pubs that ooze the atmosphere beer lovers crave. This collection of 300 pubs include 50 pub features and 250 smaller descriptions, alongside quirks of local history, pen portraits of punters or publicans, legends, yarns and myths, and case studies of different trends and types of pub. Get it here.

The Audacity of Hops
The revised and expanded edition of Tom Acitelli’s The Audacity of Hops: the history of America’s craft beer revolution is the most comprehensive telling yet of the American craft beer movement in the United States – and now the world. The nation has more than 5,000 breweries as of the end of 2016, and the U.S. is now the world’s leading nation in terms of style, quality, and experimentation, similar in stature to what France is to wine.
Buy it here.

6 O’clock Brews

This is a continuation, extension and amplification of Peter Symons Bronzed Brews, which covered the history of Australian brewing, ingredients and processes from the early 19th century to the 1970s. The second book includes further research into brewing history, stories from the past and 54 old recreation recipes. And, after being granted rare access to Cooper’s Brewery archives, he documents the evolution of Cooper’s beers over the last 100 years. Pick up the book online here.


Tasting Beer 2nd edition
The second edition of Randy Mosher’s book has been comprehensively updated with new beer styles, sensory tutorials and content tailored to students of the Cicerone program. It also features an expanded beer glossary and completely re-written chapters on beer and food and beer style updates. And this time Mosher dives deeper into the neurobiology of our sensory systems, as well as the components of taste and mouthfeel, and how they relate to a beer’s flavour. Check out Brews News’ full review here.

Bygone Breweries of NSW – The Central Western District
The product of painstaking research by Brews News’ own Brett J. Stubbs, this is the second installment in the Bygone Breweries series. Stubbs discusses the integral role of the gold rush in driving brewery openings in the regional NSW towns of Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange, along with 20 other localities. Similar competitive pressures to those faced by small brewers today are repeatedly nominated as the cause of consolidation that saw brewing disappear from the Central West by the mid-1950s. Check out Brews News’ full review here.


A comprehensive collection of recipes, tips and techniques from barbecue aficionado Adam Roberts. Appropriate for cooks with all levels of expertise, it covers different rib types, marinades, rubs and cooking methods for both indoor and outdoor kitchens, using a range of common fuels such as charcoal, direct heat and oil. Each chapter in the book covers a different type of meat, including pork, lamb, beef and chicken ribs, with a separate chapter devoted to leftovers. Pick up the book here.


This is Not a Wine Guide
Award-winning sommelier Chris Morrison has created a new kind of wine guide that helps you decide the best wine decision based on your own sense of taste – and by the way you like to eat, drink and live. This Is Not A Wine Guide is packed with information and advice to help you get the most out of your wine experience and develop the confidence to choose, purchase, serve, share and ultimately even collect wine, based on personal preference, with a key focus on getting the most out of wine and food pairings.

Pub Yarns
InPub Yarns, photographer Colin Whelan details his journey across Australia to some of the most classic and community-centred pubs in the country, sharing the marvellous stories of their heritage and the characters he uncovered. Visiting just over 50 outback and country pubs nationwide, Whelan details the stories not only of the pub itself but the culture of the community that forms the Australia identity.

Lonely Planet’s Global Beer Tour
Lonely Planet has worked with a worldwide network of beer-loving travel writers to select the greatest taprooms and bars thirsty travellers can visit in more than 30 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, including Australia. The authors suggest a must-try beer for each brewery and also the local sights in the area so ‘beer tourers’ can explore more than just the beer. Get the book here.

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