If you are a beer fanatic, then there is nothing better than guzzling a glass or two, of your favourite poison while skimming through delightful beer-literature that deserves some space in your library. If your idea of happiness is to sit back, relax and curl up with a good book, then here is a list of some inspiring and informative books that will help transport you into the kingdom (read: beer-dom) of dreams. Absolutely essential for all those who wish to explore the beer world, this list also serves as a comprehensive guide for a better understanding of that fresh pint in your glass.

The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garret Oliver, Tom Coliccio

Beer is one of the most popular drinks around the world and a number of people are expanding their horizons through the art of home brewing. The Oxford Companion to Beer is your definitive guide to learning the vast history of beer along with the technical aspects of the entire brewing process. This book gives you a detailed description of the various beer traditions observed around various parts of the world, its texture, taste, as well as a list of the most popular beers and breweries around the world. This book will definitely satiate your curiosity about your favourite beer and also help you trace its origin and history.

Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew by John J. Palmer, Jamil Zainasheff

The writers share some award-winning recipes for all beer enthusiasts who wish to brew various styles. This guide is also useful for those who are planning to participate in brewing competitions and wish to gain some knowledge about the different styles of brewing and some delectable recipes.

Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World by Christopher Mark O’Brien

An interesting read, this book gives us an insight into how brewing began: from being a home-based craft to gradually transforming into a corporate industry. O’Brien talks about beer being the solution and the cause of most problems persisting in the world. He also talks about the beer industry’s contribution to climate change and other issues plaguing the world.

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Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher

This book explores the beer tasting experience and helps the readers to understand the brewing procedure, recipes, the fermentation process and much more. Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink will also help you understand the different flavours, the scent and the colours of your favourite beer brand. This guide is also a great read for all those who wish to learn some historic facts about their favourite beverage and gain more knowledge about food pairings.

The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer by Christina Perozzi, Hallie Beaune

Perozzi and Beaune, in this delightful read, provide us with deep insights that cover food and beer pairings, beer basics that you need to know about, home brewing techniques and some hidden truths about your favourite poison.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up that book, and mind you: these books are best read along with your freshly brewed pint.