Beer blogger extraordinaire and Beer Ritz Leeds head honcho Zak Avery, famed for his use of an over sized wine glass, recently launched a book entitled 500 beers, having met Zak a couple of times now and watching all his videos on Youtube, I decided it would be rude not to buy a copy.
As it happens it was on offer on Amazon for a slightly ridiculously cheap £6. which if you own a copy of the book will know why I think its cheap.
Secondly and most importantly its crammed full of useful beer facts and info, covering everything from the brewing process to what to eat with your beer.
The beers are separated up into styles, such as IPA, Best bitter etc, even the more off the wall beers like smoked beer get a mention. Nearly all the beers are accompanied by a photo or a logo along with info about the beer, some brief tasting notes and a little tip or extra note related to the beer.
The notes cover evertying from facts about the brewery to food pairings, the photos are generally great and the info about the beers is just enough without going into too much detail, after all if you want to read more you can always visit the brewers website.
Whether you are have been drinking beers for years or just started out it’s a great book and well worth a read, it’s the sort of thing you can dip into when you have a few minutes or read it from cover to cover whilst sat in the garden on a sunny day with a pint in hand. It’s so good I even bought a copy for my dad.