The more beers I discover, the more I want to learn about them. I’m not just the type of drinker that consumes to consume, I want to read the notes about a beer, the brewery where it was created and the history of it. But sometimes it’s tough to pin down where to start and for quite some time now, I’ve been looking for a one stop shop.
Well, recently, I think I may have found it. Not long ago, I heard an interview with an author named Joshua Bernstein, about his new book Brewed Awakenings. The book’s subtitle is “Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution.” Sounds like just the additional information I was craving.
I received the book as a Christmas present and read it cover to cover in just a few days. First off, let me say that the packaging, images and overall presentation of Brewed Awakenings makes it a worthwhile purchase by itself. The outer sleeve even turns into a beer map of sorts, matching styles and tastes seamlessly in a web of possibilities. The use of high quality color images of beer, breweries and more makes the inside great too, it’s almost half magazine, half book.
But the content of the book is where things really shine. Mr. Bernstein takes just enough time on each section of the book. Spending time with homebrewers, seasonal beers, extreme beers, larger craft brewers, talking about the ingredients and recommending more beer than my budget allows. I really think that there was at least one beer in each section that I have either purchased, or plan to purchase based on the recommendations. As a matter of fact, after ready the chapter on the rise of sessionable beers, I went out and snagged a 12 pack of Session Black, and have loved every swig.
Brewed Awakening not only helps up the IQ of the average craft beer aficionado, but it also serves as a great coffee table book and reference guide that I plan to reach for on a regular basis as I continue to peel back new layers of the onion that is the craft beer world, and I strongly recommend you do the same.