The Brewer's Apprentice

The Brewer's Apprentice

An Insider's Guide to the Art and Craft of Beer Brewing, Taught by the Masters

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Format: Flexibound, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781592537310
Publisher: Quarry Books
Series: Apprentice
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Drink up and pay homage to your favorite hobby—craft brewing beer, ciders, and meads—alongside the legends, innovators, and rising stars of the beer world!

In The Brewer’s Apprentice, you get incomparable behind-the-scenes access to the craft brewing world, along with tutorials on everything from mastering the perfect pour to designing a world-class IPA. This illustrated handbook escorts you through the steps of the brewing process and offers a unique curriculum that supports and enhances your knowledge of brewing basics.

Inside, you'll find:

- 18 world-class brewers, including Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River), Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head) and Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada) as they share their expertise in vivid, engaging interviews

- Advice on sourcing the best hops, barley, wheat, and more; farm-to-table and seasonal brewing

- Strategies for setting up your homebrewing workshop to master brewing chemistry 101

- Methods for tinkering with nontraditional ingredients and extreme brews

- Techniques for brewing mead, sour ales, and cider

Greg Koch is co-founder and CEO of Stone Brewing Co. (www.stonebrew.com) in Escondido, California. Since Greg started the company with his partner, Steve Wagner, in 1996, Stone has become one of the fastest-growing and highest-rated breweries in the world. Brewing 115,000 barrels in 2010, Stone is the fourteenth-largest craft brewery in the United States, and the largest American-owned brewery in the southwestern United States, a position it achieved without advertising, discounting, or giving away freebies. Greg passionately believes that environmental and social sustainability goes hand-in-hand with brewing mind-blowing beer, and he frequently speaks on topics ranging from craft beer to business to food to marketing, bringing a bold, entertaining, and often humorous approach to public speaking engagements.Matt Allyn is a freelance writer living, drinking, and brewing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. HeÆs a certified, card-carrying beer judge, and has been homebrewing award-winning beers for six years. His writing has been published in MenÆs Health, Draft, Zymurgy, RunnerÆs World, and Bicycling. And while he doesnÆt have a favorite beer, he prefers whatever is fresh, seasonal, and in his hand. Visit his website at www.mattallyn.com.

Matt Allyn is a freelance writer living, drinking, and brewing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He’s a certified, card-carrying beer judge, and has been homebrewing award-winning beers for six years. His writing has been published in Men’s Health, Draft, Zymurgy, Runner’s World, and Bicycling. And while he doesn’t have a favorite beer, he prefers whatever is fresh, seasonal, and in his hand. Visit his website at www.mattallyn.com.

Format: Flexibound, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781592537310
Series: Apprentice
Illustrations: 200
Size: 8.25 in x 10.25 in / 210 mm x 260 mm
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Introduction

Brewing Basics

1: Mashing and Lautering: Eric Harper, Summit Brewing co., U.S.

2: Bittering Hops: Vinnie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing co., U.S.

3: Aroma Hops: Nick Floyd, Three Floyds Brewing Co., U.S.

4: Lager Brewing: Bill Covaleski, Victory Brewing Co., U.S.

5: Water Chemistry: Mitch Steele, Stone Brewing co., U.S.

6: Brewing Like a Belgian: Tomme Arthur, The Lost Abbey, U.S.

7: Wheat Beer: Hans-Peter Drexler, Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn, Germany

8: English Ales: John Keeling, Fuller, Smith & Turner, England

9: Lambic Brewing: Jean Van Roy, Brasserie Cantillon, Belgium

10: Brewing with Fruit and More: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, U.S.

11: Brewing Big Beer: James Watt, BrewDog Ltd., Scotland

12: Barrel Aging: Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., U.S.

13: Organic Brewing: Ted Vivatson, Eel River Brewing Company, U.S.

14: Tasting and Evaluating Beer: Ray Daniels, Cicerone Certification Program, U.S.

15: Making Beautiful Beer: Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., U.S.

16: Mead: Bob Liptrot, Tugwell Creek Meadery, Canada

17: Hard Cider: James Kohn, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, U.S.

18: Traditional Cider: Jérôme Dupont, Domaine Familial Louis Dupont, France

Brewer’s Glossary

Contributors

Resources

Index

Photo Credits

About the Authors

"The authors pay homage to hobby-craft brewing beers, ciders and meads in this behind-the-scenes book that offers a new take on the brewing world. They interview 18 brewers, including Sam Calagione of Dogfish head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada to find out how to source the best ingredients, how to set up a homebrew workshop and more." - On the Shelf, Cheers Magazine

"Koch (coauthor, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.), cofounder and CEO of Stone Brewing Company, and freelance writer and beer judge Allyn have put together an in-the-trenches-with-greatness empirical guide to beer brewing. After laying the groundwork with extremely concise nuts and bolts (with charts, print and online references, a glossary, and ingredient profiles), the authors turn to guidance, as each element of the process or varietal character trait is broken down by experts and notables. Maestros from Summit, Russian River, Schneider & Sohn, Dogfish Head, BrewDog, Fuller, Captain Lawrence, and Tugwell spill on mash and lautering, bittering hops, ales, Belgian style, lambic, brewing with fruit, barrel aging, ciders, meads, and evaluating beer. Verdict: Just as a choice session brew is guided by mood, circumstance, and season, this book is designed to be browsed as your taste dictates—not necessarily read straight through. That said, it is not to be dismissed as casual—there is heady methodology, insight, a troubleshooting guide, and evidenced trial and outcome here. For those who see beer as a means, not an end. In the best possible sense, you will need a drink to get through this." —Library Journal Xpress Review

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