Best Beer Books - Beer is Proof God Loves Us, The Soul of Beer and Brewing

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Definitely one of the best beer books, Beer is Proof God Loves Us, The Soul of Beer and Brewing takes your favorite drink to a whole new level. For centuries, beer has been a cultural constant--an extraordinary and static beverage all over the world. The world of beer is rich in social history and its enthusiasts never cease to strive for mastery of quality beer. And for many, beer is as much a drink as it is a science and spiritual subject. You can buy Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing on amazon for $17.15.

One such man is Charles Bamforth, whose love of beer landed him with one of the most unique careers ever. After 32 years in the brewing industry--which includes research, academia, and brewery experience--he was selected as UC Davis' first Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor in Malting and Brewing Science. In his new book, Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing (FT Press Science, ISBN-13: 9780137065073, $25.99, hardcover, November 2010), Bamforth draws on his diverse knowledge and enlightens readers on the fascinating world of beer.

In his examination of beer and the brewing industry, Bamforth discusses a wide array of brewing topics. With an understanding of nearly every aspect of beer, he reveals the cultural values of good beer, the radical changes in brewing companies and how they will affect beer drinkers, the latest global trends in beer consumption, the industry's many adversaries, the raw materials and brewing process, and why in moderation beer is actually good for you.

In Beer is Proof God Loves Us, readers will discover:

  • Global Concerns: Why the consolidation of major brewing companies might mean restricted consumer choice
  • What is Quality?: Attitudes towards what is good beer and how the container, foam, clarity, color, and flavor contribute to quality
  • Anti-Alcohol Forces: The religious fervor targeting alcohol, the history of prohibition, and the public perceptions of the drink
  • Health Benefits of Moderate Consumption: Why drinking beer may lower the risk of Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis, and the chance of ulcers
  • The Future of Brewing: How environmental issues will change the industry and new approaches to brewing like Happoshu and malternatives
  • God in a Glass: Bamforth's take on why a higher power is linked to fermentation

Guided by an international expert, Beer is Proof God Loves Us allows us to understand and appreciate the beverage and its history, while clearing up widely-held misconceptions. Charles Bamforth takes readers on a journey through the past, present, and future of the brewing industry from a humorous and highly researched perspective.

About the Author
Charles W. Bamforth (UC-Davis) has been in the brewing industry for 32 years, including thirteen years in research, eleven in academia, and eight at a brewing company. After an international search, he was selected as UC Davis' first Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor in Malting and Brewing Science. Throughout his diverse career, he has embraced every dimension of beer, from raw materials and processing, through quality, to beer's impact on the body. This makes him unique amongst "beer people" worldwide. His books include Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing and Grape versus Grain.

September 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Drink Smoke

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