The Oxford Companion to Beer (Oxford Companion To... (Hardcover)) Hardcover – October 7, 2011

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No Stupid Questions Wednesday - ask anything about beer [R]

1 month, 2 weeks agoWinskiTech711 posted submission on beer.
Jan. 1, 2020

Do you have questions about beer? We have answers! Post any questions you have about beer here. This can be about serving beer, glassware, brewing, etc.

Please remember to be nice in your responses to questions. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Hello! Craft beer advice needed! [R]

4 months, 2 weeks agosublimefan310 posted submission on beer.
Oct. 7, 2019

I could use some assistance. My boyfriend likes craft beer and it’s his birthday coming up and I’d like to surprise him with buying a beer he will enjoy instead of asking him what he’d like. I’m completely clueless when it comes to beer!

I know he sometimes chooses beer with IPA on it. He likes Summit Oktoberfest and Surly Furious. And something with a purple turtle on the can with awesome art. He’s adventurous when it comes to trying beer (we’ve been to several craft beer tasting things).

Any suggestions would be helpful!!

edit for clarity I already have his gift, looking for beer to have with dinner. And I’m in Minnesota, close enough to the Wisconsin border that I could make the trek.

  • thanks everyone!!
4 months, 2 weeks agosublimefan310 posted comment on beer.
Oct. 7, 2019

If you're nervous about getting him a beer he might not like, you can always spring for something like glasswear or an experience. For example:

Glasswear - very few beer drinkers have a good set of tasting glasses or a nice Teku glass. They tend to spend their money more on the beer than the proper glasswear. Here are some to consider:

Teku Glasses
Tasting Glasses

Experience - This is completely scalable based on budget. Need to do something cheaper? Check out Yelp reviews and Beer Advocate reviews to find the best local brewery near you and take him there, followed by dinner at a great tap room or gastropub. Have more budget? Take him on a beer roadtrip or brewery tour around some of the local breweries in your area.

Beer books and merch - There are a lot of great books about the history of beer, tasting beer, etc. Here are a few to check out:

Tasting Beer
Oxford Companion

You can also get merch from his favorite brewery's online store or taproom. They'll have shirts, branded glasses, etc. All of those things should score points with any beer drinker.

Authors/writers, what do you consume that isn't Fantasy? [R]

3 years, 6 months agolanceschaubert posted submission on Fantasy.
Aug. 5, 2016

I think it was something from Douglas Adams or maybe Neil Gaiman, and they were talking about how they read a lot of non-fiction stuff, things like biology texts to keep their writing original and fresh. I've heard it said before that fantasy is really derivative, and I feel that's true of a lot of bad fantasy, and even some of the good stuff. Do you read things like books on insect anatomy to get ideas for creating different species, or is it an entirely more organic process, where you do the research required after sparking an idea as you're writing? Even other types of fiction if it stimulates.

3 years, 6 months agolanceschaubert posted on Fantasy.
Aug. 5, 2016



I want to read a really great book about beer (brewing, history, cooking, whatever). Any tips? :) [R]

4 years, 10 months agoApril 19, 2015


4 years, 10 months agokapeman_ posted on beer.
April 20, 2015

This should do it:

Oxford Beer Companion

Are there any "holy bibles" of brewing? [R]

5 years, 10 months agodrummerinattic posted submission on brewing.
April 1, 2014

Hey guys. I'm new to this idea of brewing. I've done one kit batch of Lager and I'm currently doing my second kit batch of Canadian Blonde, a cooper's kit. I wanna get some real learning done about this to understand it better though. I'm the same with mead, and the guys over on /r/mead recommended I buy a book called The Compleat (I really don't understand why it's spelled like that though) Meadmaker by Ken Schramm. It's basically the go-to book for reference and recipes that can be altered. More or less the must-have of mead making.

Question is, is there a book like that for Beer? One you always go back to that taught you a hell of a lot that you could recommend?

5 years, 10 months agodrummerinattic posted on brewing.
April 7, 2014

We have this book in our brewery. We refer to it as "The Bible"

Sorry for Amazon link, it was the first thing to pop-up on google and I'm lazy: Edit: I didn't read this well. If you're looking to learn how to brew, I recommend the Joy of Homebrewing. It's what I used.

I love the Chimay Trappist beers. Please recommend others that you think I'll like. [R]

6 years agobivendan posted submission on beer.
Jan. 22, 2014

I started with Chimay Red, fell in love with it, and now all I drink is the White and Blue. Now I find that the Red isn't as tasty, the White is very fruity and enjoyable, and the Blue is incredibly easy to drink and delicious.

I've had Trappistes Rochefort 10. I can't say I care for it much at all.

Yesterday, I tried a bottle of St. Bernadus Abt 12. I thought it was okay but it lacked carbonation, which made it hard for me to love. It was a smooth and fruity 10% beer though.

I know this probably boils down to personal preference, but please let me know what you think I would enjoy next!

6 years agobivendan posted on beer.
Jan. 22, 2014

To make your search a bit easier, I want to mention that the style of beer that the Trappists brew is "Abbey Beer." Only several breweries are allowed to claim that they are part of the Trappists and their beer has a label that says it is a Trappist beer; however, many other breweries brew the style of beer brewed by Trappists (abbey beers).

Typically abbey beers have a designation of Singel, Dubel, Tripel, Quad which generally indicates strength and only dubel and tripel abbey beers are commonly found outside of Belgium. I highly recommend this book, it is where I learned this bit of information: The Oxford Companion to Beer

What are some of the best books or articles about beer and it's history? [R]

6 years, 3 months agotyrannosaurusfuck posted submission on beer.
Nov. 13, 2013

I've been looking to really learn more about that which I love but I don't know a good starting point. Any good suggestions?

6 years, 3 months agotyrannosaurusfuck posted on beer.
Nov. 13, 2013

I own and read this book very frequently:

A comprehensive breakdown of every brewing process, technique, and ingredient known at the time the book was written. Also includes detailed histories of many of the worlds oldest and most well known breweries.

Gift ideas [R]

6 years, 8 months agolizard_b posted submission on beer.
June 16, 2013

What is a creative gift idea for a guy who loves beer/making drinks/maintaining a bar?

6 years, 8 months agolizard_b posted on beer.
June 17, 2013