Best Beer Books

Books about beer. From brewing to tasting to appreciating, these books cover the facts, processes, history, mystery and everything else about barley juice.

Here is a list of the best books for amateur beer brewers and homebrew specialists.

  1. American Sour Beers


    This book will help guide you through the fun and often unpredictable journey of sour beer brewing with practical advice from some of the country’s best known sour beer producers. By Michael Tonsmeire.

  2. Brew Chem 101


    The Basics of Homebrewing Chemistry. Features non-technical language and a highly readable style.

  3. Brew Like a Monk


    Culture and Craftsmanship in the Belgian Tradition. This book delves into monastic brewing, exploring this rich-flavored specialty of the beer world.

  4. Brewing Better Beer


    Brewing Better Beer is a comprehensive look at technical, practical and creative homebrewing advice from Gordon Strong, three-time winner of the coveted Ninkasi Award.

  5. Brewing Classic Styles


    80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew. This book shares award winning recipes to help brewers enjoy the top-quality beers that the homebrewing hobby offers today.

  6. Clone Brews


    Recipes for 200 Commercial Beers. Updated second edition.

  7. Designing Great Beers


    The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles. This book provides a wealth of data on the current and historical brewing techniques and ingredients for fourteen of the world’s most popular ale and lager styles.

  8. For the Love of Hops


    An in depth look at hops that covers not only their use in modern brewing, but their history as well. This book explains the basics of hop chemistry, the important role that farmers play and how best to choose a hop for any situation. Over 100 hop varieties are described in detail and hop quality and utilization are explored in detail. By Stan Hieronymous.

  9. Home Beermaking


    The Complete Beginner’s Guidebook. This revised third edition makes it easy to brew great beer at home.

  10. Homebrewer’s Answer Book


    Solutions to almost every problem a home brewer will face. This book presents all you need to make great beer in an easy to read, Q&A format. Covering topics from beginner to advanced, The Homebrewer’s Answer Book offers advice for making great beer and troubleshooting tips for when things don’t go according to plan.

  11. Hop Variety Handbook


    Compiled by Hopunion LLC, this is a compendium of different hop varieties from all over the world. In addition to Alpha Acid ranges and flavor guidelines, this handbook lists the pedigree, general trade perceptions, substitutions and a lot of other statistics for over 100 types of hops.

  12. How to Brew


    Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time. Presented in a clear, no nonsense style, this authoritative text introduces brewing in an easy, step-by-step review.

  13. IPA


    Explore the evolution of one of craft beer’s most popular styles, India pale ale. Loaded with brewing tips from some of the country’s best brewers, IPA covers techniques from water treatment to hopping procedures.

  14. Malt, A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse


    The fourth book in the brewing elements series, Malt delves into the intricacies of one of the key ingredients used in the production of virtually all beers. This book provides a comprehensive overview of malt, its history, agricultural development and physiology. A walk through of enzymes and their role during malting is followed by discussions on the Maillard reaction, specialty malts, quality assessment and proper storage. This book is great for any brewer who wants to learn more about the role of malt as the backbone of beer. By John Mallett.

  15. North American Clone Brews


    Homebrew recipes for 150 of your favorite american and Canadian beers.

  16. Radical Brewing


    Recipes, Tales and World-Altering Meditations in a Glass. Lavishly illustrated and filled with fantastic tidbits of brewing lore, this is a brewing book unlike any other.

  17. Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers


    Taking a tour through folklore and history, this book explores a wide variety of unique brewing ingredients. From sacred herbs to psychotropic plants to natural medicines, the author describes each ingredient and its importance. Modernized recipes are included for most ingredients. By Stephen Harrod Buhner.

  18. Tasting Beer


    An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink.

  19. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing


    Fourth edition. Includes instructions for getting your home brewery together, ten easy lessons for brewing your first batch, creating world class styles and more.

  20. The Homebrewer’s Companion


    A companion to the immensely popular book, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, this is an advance guide for brewers who want to go beyond the basics. This contains a wealth of information, including useful data charts and over 100 of the author’s original homebrew recipes. By Charlie Papazian.