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Vintage Beer: A Taster's Guide to Brews That Improve Over Timeby Patrick Dawson
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2014 Gold Medal Winner from the North American Guild of Beer Writers for Best Beer Book
Like good wine, certain beers can be aged under the right conditions to enhance and change their flavors in interesting and delicious ways. Good candidates for cellaring are either strong, sour, or smoked beers, such as barleywines, rauchbiers, and lambics. Patrick Dawson gives a list of easy-to-follow rules that lay the groundwork for identifying these cellar-worthy beers and then delves into the mysteries behind how and why they age as they do. Beer styles known for aging well are discussed and detailed profiles of commonly available beers that fall into these categories are included. There is also a short travel guide for bars and restaurants that specialize in vintage beer gives readers a way to taste what this new craft beer frontier is all about.
"Consumers of all levels will be rewarded by Patrick's guidance, and as a brewer, I am pleased he has tackled an issue that is near and dear to my bottle-conditioned heart."
"The new frontier for the beer lover is aging beer, and we finally have a guide."
About the Author
Patrick Dawson has been accredited as a judge through the Beer Judge Certification Program and has been collecting, aging, and consuming vintage beers for more than a decade. He is a respected voice on the subject. He also reviews brew pubs for the North Denver Tribune. His personal cellar holds around 300 beers at any given moment. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Table of Contents
Vintage Beer Rules
Malt - Hops - Yeast Esters and Phenols - Alcohol - Wood - Oxidation - Microbiota
English Barley Wines - American Barley Wines - Imperial Stouts - Belgian Quads - Flanders Red and Brown Ales - Gueuzes
Temperature - Light Exposure - Humidity - Cellar Configurations
Paper Journal - Spreadsheet - Cellar Apps
Toronado - Bull and Bush Brewery - Falling Rock Taphouse - Ebenzer's Restaurant and Pub - Cafe Kulminator - Brick Store Pub - Brouwer's Cafe - Akkurat Restaurant and Bar - Monk's Cafe - Delilah's
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