By Ben McFarland
Barron’s, $29.99, 224 pages
Boutique Beer by Ben McFarland is a beautiful coffee table book that lavishly highlights 500 of the world’s best craft beers. The book covers every possible type of beer from Saisons to Porters and India Pale Ales to Dunkels and every region of the world from California to Germany and Thailand to Chile. All 500 beers are shown in a color picture and accompanied by a paragraph describing the five Ws (who, what, when, where, and why.)
“A beer reveals a lot about its native surroundings, and there is no better way to get to truly know a beer than experiencing it at its source, meeting those who make it and those for whom it is brewed, visiting the pubs and bars where it is drunk, and eating the food that it complements.”
Boutique Beer also contains interviews with some of the most respected beer meisters on the globe, descriptions of the many types of beers, informative sections of beer ingredients, making, drinking, and culture, and in-depth accounts of some of the best craft breweries across the world. This is a wonderful gift for someone just discovering the joys of beer as well as a fantastic resource for a beer lover who is looking to expand their horizons and learn more about the craft!
Reviewed by Jonathon Howard