Book Review: The Brewer’s Tale

The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer

Author: William Bostwick

Rating 10/10

The Brewer's Tale

This is an extraordinary book written from a totally unique perspective. The author takes the reader through a fantastic journey both through time and space, bringing us closer to the beer that we love. The book is divided into different sections, each one a time capsule, profiling both a beer style and a historical period. Not only does the author take us on an adventure, he also becomes entangled in his own tale by brewing a batch of the beer he discusses. Sometimes his experiments work, but more often than not his disasters typify how far modern brewing has taken us.

The book goes through 8 different time periods, showing us history from the perspective of cultures as diverse as ancient Egypt to 18th century London. We get a fantastic history lesson on how the beer style was created, and the culture around the time it was brewed. The author interviews modern brewers who embody the principles of these various historical brewers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. As a lover of good beer, its always interesting to learn the history of the beers I love to drink. Additionally, as a brewer its fun to learn about brewing from the people who came before me, and current masters in the field. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to both drink and brew beer.

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