Different Authors, 248 pp., hardcover., 2012
As a beer devotee, you need to know which beers are malty or hoppy and the difference between an English IPA and an American IPA. You may even want to know which beer goes with which glass, or with which dinner course. The Beer Steward Handbook–A Practical Guide to Understanding Beer is an excellent and well-written guide to learning the basics surrounding beer. It includes an overview of the brewing process, a description of a multitude of beer styles worldwide, the rules for pairing food and beer, and the ingredients behind brewing. It discusses how to best maintain freshness of beer and the ideal ways to serve beer, right down to glass shape, size, and angle of the pour.
The Beer Steward Handbook is the same manual used in training professionals that enroll in the MBAA Beer Steward Certificate Program. This popular certification course gives participants an overview on how to properly handle, store, and present a variety of beers to maintain flavor and freshness, with the ultimate goal of increasing sales by improving the beer consumer’s experience. The book provides an excellent background to help you explain the entire brewing process to others, the importance of proper serving techniques, the large variety found among beer styles, and much more. It even describes the important health benefits of beer through a science-based, but understandable approach.
This book is perfect for wholesalers, retail managers, restaurateurs, bar managers, servers, retail sales staff, duty managers, and beer enthusiasts at all levels.