Users of the popular Amazon Kindle who are also beer lovers might be pleased to note that beer historian and Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis, Charles W Bamforth’s book Beer is Proof that God Loves Us is on sale for free on Amazon.com today.
The two hundred and twenty-one pages give an entertaining and detailed look into the world of brewing from history to philosophy to societal impact. This tome has it all. With chapters entitled “The Not-So-Slow Death of a Beer Culture” to “On The Other Hand: The Rebirth of a Beer Ethos” to “Looks Good, Tastes Good, and …” to “God in a Glass” it certainly piques the interest about what these pages may contain in a look at the world of beer beyond just drinking it.
Suffixed with two appendices that explain the basics of malting and brewing as well as the different types of beer, this book has value beyond a lengthy yarn on beer history. It can also be a reference tool when discussing beers.
Beer Is Proof God Loves Us is a funny, engaging, and downright joyous examination of the whole world of beer and brewing. Your guide, Charlie Bamforth, may be the world’s #1 expert on every aspect of beer. After a worldwide search, he was selected as the first Anheuser-Busch Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis. Now, he presents the most compelling social history of beer ever written: where it came from, where the brewing business stands now, and what the future holds. In this far-reaching book, he reveals:
- The extraordinary complexity and artistry that can be found in great brewing
- The factors that impact beer quality and wholesomeness
- Centuries-old cultural values embedded in good beer
Bamforth also explains what the rise of new craft breweries means to beer drinkers and what the latest global trends will have on beer consumption. The book concludes with a look to the future, illustrating how environmental issues will change the brewing industry and addressing radical new approaches to brewing, such as Happoshu and malternatives.
I would recommend grabbing a digital copy at this price (can’t go wrong with free) and enjoy a deeper look at a subject you should already enjoy. Plus it might be perfect spring reading while enjoy a beer for American Craft Beer Week!