Finally finished the very painstakingly academic book Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women’s Work in a Changing World 1300-1600 by Judith M. Bennet. It was highly informative despite its very dry format and extensive reiteration of established facts and thesis. Truly, the book could have been half its length and been just as informative and, even more so, twice as effective. Having effectively shelved that book, I am now currently perusing the book Barleywine: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes by Fal Allen and Dick Cantwell. Part of the Classic Beer Styles Series of books, I have an eye on about at least a half dozen I want to and will eventually read.
Not reading yet, but just in at my local bookstore, the Vero Beach Book Center, is the brick… er, tome All Belgian Beers/Les Bieres Belges/Alle Belgische Bieren. Weighing in at 1568 pages, it is quite literally exactly what the title says: ALL. BELGIAN. BEERS. (as close as humanly possible, at least). Written/compiled/recorded by Hilde Deweer, it was released June 15th 2008 in bilingual format (Belgian and English) by Stichting Kunstboek Bvba and documents every single beer currently available in Belgium. Suffice to say, I may not have an established favorite beer or beer style, but my favorite country should be quite obvious by now.
Waiting in the reading queue are:
The Beer Book by Sam Calagione and Tim Hampson
Imbibe! By David Wondrich
Beer in America: The Early Years 1587-1840 by Gregg Smith
Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh
The Ultimate Guide to Spirits and Cocktails
Whiskey by Michael Jackson
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)