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With Ultimate Beer, Jackson homes in on the particulars: which beer, when, and why. After a concise overview of brewing ingredients and processes, Jackson explores a myriad of beers from every corner of the brewing world. His suggestions are organized by the situation in which they might best be enjoyed: from summer sippers to winter warmers, aperitifs to nightcaps. Enticing photography of each beer and its packaging accompanies Jackson's tasting notes, brief technical info, and product-specific tidbits. Then, Jackson indulges further with chapters on matching particular beers to particular dishes, and follows that up with a brief guide to cooking with beer.
The guiding principle of Jackson's writing--that which he shares with any beer enthusiast--is that beer, like wine, is best enjoyed when served at the right time, in the right conditions, and with the right dish. This book is Michael Jackson's very personal attempt to point the way to enjoying that Ultimate Beer. --Todd Gehman
THE BREWER'S ART While great wines are now appreciated the world over, the phenomenon of the beer connoisseur is relatively new. Yet great beers, created by master brewers from four basic ingredients - grains, hops, malt, and water - easily compare in variety, character, and texture with their better-known, grape-based counterparts. In this book, Michael Jackson examines more than 450 beers from around the world, explaining why they are superlative in their field and deserving of a connoisseur's attention. A Beer for Every Occasion Whether you are looking for a thirst-quencher, an alternative to champagne, an appetizer, or a nightcap, Michael Jackson recommends exactly the right beer for the occasion, with many other examples that you can try.