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Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.

Beer Book Month is about to begin

March is Beer Book Month, which Hop Notes and Better World Books are celebrating with a free drawing at Goshen's First Friday on March 7. You can read about the books being given away here.

Posted on Feb. 28, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

The Quayside Publishing Group is launching Beer Book Month, beginning March 1, 2014. Beer and home brewing are rapidly growing in popularity and Beer Book Month will highlight the best and most informative books on these subjects at beerbookmonth.com. However, Hop Notes and Better World Books of Goshen (215 S Main St, Goshen, IN 46526) are bringing this event off of the internet, right into Downtown Goshen.

Quayside Publishing has sent us several books to give away in a free drawing which will take place during Goshen's First Friday, March 7, 2014. Our city is one of the lucky few that still has a local book seller, and if you haven't visited the store, this will be a great chance for your first visit. In addition, I will be available at the book store that evening to discuss other new and used beer books that are already on the shelves at Better World Books.

In order to win, you will need to visit Better World Books during First Friday, enter your name and contact information free of charge, and winners will be drawn at the end of the evening. You need not to be present in order to win. After you enter your name, you can head next door to the Constant Spring for a beer with your friends, before returning to hear the winners announced.

Here are some of the books that will be in the drawing: 


Craft Beer for the Homebrewer – Michael Agnew

 In this book, beer writer and certified cicerone Michael Agnew combines the passions of drinking beer and brewing beer into one book. Recipes in this book are based on the actual production beers of featured microbreweries (including Surly, Lagunitas, Rogue Ales, Stone Brewing, and Troegs Brewing, just to name a few) and cover the entire range of beer styles.

There are lots of full-color photographs, along with easy-to-follow instructions for both mash and extract brewing, along with historical and anecdotal notes about the brewery that provided it. If homebrewing is new to you, this book combined with Charlie Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing (there are a couple of used copies available at Better World Books) are all that you need to get going. If you already homebrew, this book may help you take your craft to the next level.

About the author

Michael Agnew (Minneapolis, MN) is Minnesota's first cicerone certified by the Cicerone Certification Program, a standard for identifying those with significant knowledge and professional skills in beer sales and service, and a national beer judge with the Beer Judge Certification Program. In addition, Michael is an award-winning brewer and writes a monthly column on beer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 






Beer Manual: The practical guide to the history, appreciation and brewing of beer - 7,000 BC onwards (all flavours)    – Tim Hampson

 Beer, the world’s third-most-popular drink after water and tea, comes in many forms and flavors. This down-to-earth, extensively illustrated book provides fascinating insight into how beers and brewing techniques have developed around the world, while offering practical guidance on how to produce successful home-brewed beers.

This is a great read for anyone who loves beer, from enthusiastic consumers, to brewers.

About the author

Tim Hampson is an acknowledged expert on beer. He has written a number of best-selling books on beer and brewing, including 101 Beer Days Out, London's Best Pubs and The Beer Book. His work also appears in Food and Travel magazine, Weekend Telegraph and What's Brewing, in addition to various trade publications, and he is also beer correspondent for BBC Good Food Live and the Sky Pub Channel. He lives near Oxford.


Extreme Brewing – deluxe edition – Sam Calagione

This is the second book by Sam Calagione, owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and this is the deluxe edition with more pages and more new recipes. Calagione's book is a recipe-driven resource targeted to the thriving novice homebrewer with lots of photographs and lots of recipes. If you are interested in recreating specialty beers, but don't have the time to learn the in-depth science behind them, this is a great book for you. All of the recipes are for extract brewing (the simplest form of brewing) with a few of Calagione's detailed instructions for partial-grain brewing variations. It includes classic styles, but emphasizes the hybrid styles for which Dogfish Head has become known, using fruit, vegetables, herbs, and spices to create unique flavor combinations. The last section of the book provides food recipes for pairing your finished beers.

About the author

Sam Calagione is the founder and owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware, one of the nation's fastest-growing independent breweries, and Dogfish Head Brewing and Easts in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. His innovative style has earned him a reputation as one of America's most adventurous brewers.


The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer – Ron Pattinson

First off, the book is spiral bound, which is a very practical way to put together such a resource book. Pattinson starts us out with the basic ingredients, then covers brewing techniques. From here, the book is organized by style in this order: Porter, Stout, IPA, Pale Ale/Bitter, Light Bitter/Light Ale, Mild Ale, Scotch Ale/Burton Ale, Scottish Ales, Brown Ale & European beer. Each style has history as well as historical recipes.

About the author

Ron Pattinson writes extensively on the history of beer in Britain and in Europe, with particular emphasis on London, Scotland, and Germany. He is the author of several books on beer history and has worked with brewers in the UK, USA, and Europe to re-create beers from the past. These interests are covered in his expansive blog, Shut Up About Barclay Perkins. He also maintains a website – europeanbeerguide.net – with pub guides to towns across Europe. He writes a regular column for BeerAdvocate magazine and has given lectures on subjects as diverse as the history of Lager brewing in the UK and the beers of Poughkeepsie brewer, Vassar. He lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two teenage sons.


Better World Books also has a great selection of new and used books about beer that will be on display and for sale. Some of these include:


  • Wildbrews – Jeff Sparrow – covering the culture and craftsmanship in the Belgian Tradition

  • Tasting beer – Randy Mosher – learn how to taste different styles of beer, and how to enhance your tasting experience

  • One of my favorites Locally Brewed – Anna Blessing – profiles 20 of the Midwest's brewers, their brewhouses, and their stories with lots of photographs – many of which we can drink right here in Michiana including Founders, Bell's, Three Floyds, Great Lakes and more.


This is sure to be a great event and I look forward to meeting many of you and chatting about our passion, beer.


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