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The Brewer's Tale By William Bostwick

The Brewer's Tale
by William Bostwick

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Taste 5,000 years of brewing history as a time-travelling home-brewer rediscovers and re-creates the great beers of the past.
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The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick

The Brewer's Tale is for anyone who, drinking a beer, has wondered how the past tasted. Part travelogue, part history, part culinary adventure, beer critic William Bostwick uncovers the stories behind the brewers who have practised their craft since the dawn of civilisation. Beer by beer Bostwick tells a history of the world through the brewer's eyes, unearthing recipes from poems and potsherds to re-create these beers and their long-lost flavours. Jumping through time as he weaves ancient lore with today's craft scene, Bostwick meets adventurous brewers who share his path, trading insight, recipes and ingredients like home-grown hops and wild, Nile Delta yeast. The Brewer's Tale is history told in the glass, from tongue-numbing mead to sour pediococcus-laced lambic.

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The Brewer's Tale Reviews


"Bostwick brings the requisite levels of geeky erudition and enthusiasm to that once most mundane of beverages, beer." -- Lisa Abend "An amiable writer and the very best sort of literary drinking buddy. Bostwick will explain why you like Cascade hops (it's the "spritzy grapefruit blossom nose") and why you should never pass up an opportunity to sample a beer made with Maris Otter barley. We can't all go drinking with the beer critic for the Wall Street Journal, but reading The Brewer's Tale is the next best thing." -- Amy Stewart "The Brewer's Tale is a well-written and well-researched papyrus-based time-travel machine that takes readers through the history of mankind's most impressive creation: BEER!" -- Sam Calagione, founder and president, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "The Brewer's Tale will teach you more about beer than you ever thought possible, but it is much more than that. Erudite, curious, and witty, Bostwick ranges effortlessly back and forth across the centuries, spinning an epic that stretches from the temples of Mesopotamia to the beer halls of St. Louis, from cattle cults to Dogfish cults, with countless fascinating detours, digressions, and illuminations in between. By the end, he'll have you convinced that raising a bottle, can, or pint may be the most deeply human thing you have ever done." -- Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution "A cultural history that reads like the collaborative work of a garrulous raconteur, pith-helmeted anthropologist, experimental chef, white-coated scientist, and your favorite drunk uncle. Witty, carefully observed, and deeply reported, The Brewer's Tale is as much about social rituals and the ordering of our worlds as it is about the pint or six we all like to down on occasion." -- Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction "A do-it-yourself journey across the storied life of beer."

About William Bostwick


William Bostwick is the author of Beer Craft and the beer critic for the Wall Street Journal. He has written about beer for GQ, Bon Appetit, Garden & Gun, and other publications. He is an avid homebrewer, former distiller's apprentice, beekeeper, baker, and vagabond bartender. He lives in San Francisco.

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GOR010435787
The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick
William Bostwick
Used - Like New
Hardback
WW Norton & Co
2014-10-13
304
0393239144
9780393239140
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.