Yes, you drink beer. Yes, you love beer. But how much do you really know about beer? For the sake of argument, lets suppose that you possess a fair amount of beer knowledge. Just enough to speak with some authority on the subject. Fermentation?MoreYes, you drink beer. Yes, you love beer. But how much do you really know about beer? For the sake of argument, lets suppose that you possess a fair amount of beer knowledge. Just enough to speak with some authority on the subject. Fermentation? Check. You pretty much got that covered. The difference between a stout and an IPA?
Check. You know what you like and what to order when youre out on the town, and you can probably even opine on the choices of the other members of your party. And, hey, wasnt it the ancient Egyptians who first got the keg rolling, mass-production-wise? Well, not really, but you are in the ballpark.Okay, since youre doing so well, how about we ratchet the difficulty level up a notch or three?What can you tell your friends about how different types of yeast impact the overall flavor and quality of a given beer?
Did you know that beer brewing has been around for some 10,000 years (give or take), and that the practice predates written language? And then there is the whole wide world of hops. Before people started adding hops to beer, the stuff was called ale. Do you know when (generally speaking) hops arrived on the scene? Or why hops were added in the first place? (Heres a hint: It had nothing to do with flavor.) Oh, and if for some reason you were asked, could you state, with confidence, the dollar value of the global brewing industry?
(Another hint: Its very close to oodles.)The point here is this: There is a whole barrel-aged ocean of information about beer out there- scientific, commercial, historical, sociological. Beer for the GENIUS houses all of the most important bits in one fascinating, sociable, somewhat daffy, yet easy-to-use compendium.By the time you are done reading Beer for the GENIUS, you will be able to wow your friends and family (or annoy them, whichever) with your startling beer know-how.
About the For the GENIUS SeriesThe For the GENIUS series is a line of how-to books about literally any topic that people want to learn. Though written in a conversational style, GENIUS books are thorough and authoritative treatments of the subject. They are written by experts in the subject who want to share with others what theyve learned.Pure genius! Table of ContentsPart 1: The Ins and Outs of Beer...or...High School Chemistry, ReduxChapter 1: Fermentation and BrewingChapter 2: A Million Kinds of BeerPart 2: Beer History is Human HistoryChapter 3: Way Back In the DayChapter 4: Beer History from Around the Whole Sudsy GlobeChapter 5: The Medieval RevolutionChapter 6: Beer Comes to AmericaPart 3: Beer and SocietyChapter 7: Mens Work and/or Womens WorkChapter 8: Beer and CommerceChapter 9: Beer and MedicineChapter 10: Beer and the LawChapter 11: Beer During ProhibitionPart 4: The Brewing Industry TodayChapter 12: Contract BrewingChapter 13: The Craft-Brew/Micro-Brew Revolution(s)Chapter 14: The Basics of HomebrewingChapter 15: Sketches of the Industry TodayPart 5: Enjoying BeerChapter 16: Jars, Goblets, Cans, Bottles and SkullsChapter 17: Tasting Beer & Tasting Other Stuff With BeerConclusion: Bottle It up and Put a Cork in It