The first fully illustrated guidebook for craft beer drinkers, pairing hyper-detailed photography with profiles of fifty of today's most sought-after hop varieties.
Hops are beer's most important ingredient, offering a spectrum of distinct aromas, flavors, and bitterness to all the tasty brews we enjoy. With delicious varieties like the floral Cascade, bitter Galena, tropical Galaxy, or juicy Citra, this heavily illustrated and deeply researched guidebook helps you navigate this ever-expanding field of choices with craft beer aficionado Dan DiSorbo and renowned macrophotographer Erik Christiansen. The Book of Hops profiles fifty of the most popular and important hops from around the world with notes on taste, composition, use, origin, history, and associated beer styles. A handy primer section explains the science, story, and production of beer using text, illustrations, and infographics, including a breakdown of key ingredients, the brewing process, and even the right glass for the right beer. The book also describes twenty key beer styles, from Pale Ales and Pilsners to Imperial Stouts and New England IPAs, with a brief history and summary of each style's taste profile. With hundreds of hand-picked craft beer recommendations throughout, this book is all you need to choose your next favorite brew.