Many weeks ago I received a promotional copy of the book D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc, with the promise to review the book. Due to my lazy-assedness (I just made that a word), I let the book sit on the shelf since then. Little did I know, I had an awesome gem on my hands and I didn’t even know it.
The book, authored by Dr. Robert A. Musson (beer historian and memorabilia collector), is a pictorial history of the Yuengling beer brand. As soon as I cracked the book, I realized how impressive the collection of images is. The pictures I’m including are only a tiny snippet of the 220+ images from the book. As a history-nut, I was thoroughly impressed by the number and quality of images from the late 19th century.
The book takes the reader through the entire history of Yuengling from founding through current day. It’s packed full of facts that I guarantee you never knew about Yuengling. The big thing I learned was that Yuengling became incredibly popular pre-prohibition with its lager and black & tan, and then somehow managed to survive prohibition.
Whether you are an avid Yuengling fan, not familiar with the brand at all, or somewhere in the middle, I highly recommend checking out this book. The fantastic imagery will draw you in, and the snippets of information that accompany each picture will keep the pages turning.
If you’d like to get a copy of the book, it’s available via Amazon for $19.00 (Amazon Prime). If you’re lucky enough to be joining us on the 1st annual LIBA Craft Beer Bar Crawl, I’ll be giving away a copy as a door prize!
I recently received a copy of the book Boutique Beer – 500 Quality Craft Beers in the mail. This evening I’ll briefly review the book.
First off, let me say that my first thought was that a book in print about specific beers could be almost instantly dated, given how quickly the beer industry is growing. I tried to put that thought aside as I looked at the contents.
Speaking of the contents, this is how the book is broken down:
- Evaluating and tasting
- Canned craft beer
- Craft beer bars
- Quench (covering lighter beer styles)
- Hop Beers
- Grain (Porter)
- Old School Classics
- Curiosities (including beer cocktails)
- Sipper beers
- Wild and wood (lambic and gueuze)
- Cellar beers
I like that the book starts with 25 pages of details about how to taste beers and what goes into beer. I will say that I thoroughly dislike the flavor wheel they present as it incorrectly suggests that certain flavors are isolated to certain style. On the flip side, the page on hops is highly educational and entertaining. For example, on the top 10 hop facts list, #3 is “The hop has male and female flowers, but like the rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, brewers are interested only in the larger female ones.”
After the initial “the knowledge” section, the book transitions into the beers themselves. They have broken them down into unofficial categories that the authors came up with (e.g. “grain” includes witbier, rye, scotch ale, stout and rauchbier). Each of these sections starts with a single page description of what beer types are included in the section. Peppered throughout these intros is plenty of humor to keep you entertained.
Specific beers are then detailed. Tasting notes and ABV are listed, however it’s the brief paragraph about the brewery which precedes the tastings notes that makes the beer that is the best part about reading this section. This is the heart of the book and the authors have done a fantastic job of keeping the reading light, informative and fun.
Overall I like the book. It’s not something I would read cover to cover, but I would certainly put it out on a coffee table (if I had one) and recommend my guests look it over.
Now for the good part. Do you want a free copy of the book? I’m giving one away at tomorrow’s craft beer meetup!