Sunday, November 06, 2011

A Holiday E-Book in Review: Beer Is Proof God Loves Us

Beer Is Proof God Loves Us Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing By:Charles W. Bamforth
Non-fiction: Memoir, Food

This book is a combination of a memoir and a history of modern brewing. It was written by an English man and so has British words in it, but it includes a lot of information on the US, German, Belgium and other big brewing countries. As it was as much about the author as about beer it does include a lot of personal opinions about beer, politics and religion. Also, he did work for Anheuser-Busch, and sees no problem with "bland lagers" as he himself calls them. Although, much of the praise that he gives them are based on their consistency. But I have issues with someone that thinks its just a matter of personal taste if you like the yellow water that passes for American Lager, but then decries against Alcopops (Flavored Malt Liquor)because many brewers (and from the context that includes him)think that "their very existence jeopardizes the long-term existence of beers as they know and love them for the simple reason that younger drinkers who are challenged by bitter products will not gravitate from these sweeter and easier-to-drink alcoholic products." Also, 1/2 of this book is the notes on the end, but many of the notes are just more personal stories.

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