Bestselling author Jeff Alworth takes serious beer aficionados on a behind-the-scenes tour of twenty-six major European and North American breweries that create some of the world's most classic beers. Learn how the Irish make stout, the secrets of traditional Czech pilsner, and what makes English cask ale unique by delving deep into the specific techniques, equipment, and geographical factors that shape these distinctive styles. Contemporary brewers carrying on their traditions share insider kwledge and twenty-six original recipes to guide experienced homebrewers in developing your own special versions of each style.
Jeff Alworth has been writing about beer and brewing for twenty years. He is the author of The Beer Bible, Cider Made Simple, and The Beer Tasting Toolkit. A columnist for All About Beer, he has written for a number of magazines and newspapers, and blogs about beer at his popular site, Beervana. East Coast-bred and West Coast-trained, Stephen Bowlby earned his degree in speech and theater, then launched a forty-year career telling stories in film, television, and radio as a performer, director, writer, and editor.