The Bookshelf Holiday 2016

Oh Beautiful Beer by Harvey Shepard

The holidays are a time of giving, and what better gift to give the beer-lover in your life than great literature. Beer pairing

Stuff a stocking or two with one or all of these beer-inspired books.

Oh Beautiful Beer
The Evolution of Craft Beer and Design

Oh Beautiful Beer celebrates graphic design as it relates to our favorite fermented beverage. Breweries all over the world are tasked with creating beer labels and logos that speak to the liquid inside the can or bottle, while simultaneously attracting the attention of the consumer. It’s no easy feat, but many have done it. In his homage to the art of beer, author and graphic designer Harvey Shepard offers readers a “visual history of craft beer”, showcasing some of the most unique and innovative labels and logos from breweries across the globe. Based on the popular blog, Oh Beautiful Beer, Shepard’s book illustrates the best of beer design, while offering historical tidbits and interesting narratives about our favorite breweries.

The Opposite of Woe
My Life in Beer and Politics

Since it’s an election year, it seems appropriate to include a book about a politician, who also happens to be a successful brewpub owner. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who has been called a maverick, a remarkable businessman and a political success, can now add author to his resume. In his memoir, co-written with journalist and former speech writer Maxamillian Potter, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics, Hickenlooper narrates his journey from a somewhat troubled childhood to a successful pub owner and politician.

After being laid off from his first job as a geologist in the oil industry, Hickenlooper changed career paths. In 1988, he co-founded the first ever craft brewery in Denver, Colorado. The Wynkoop Brewery was a huge success, and today is one of the largest microbreweries in America. A huge influence in the community, Hickenlooper was encouraged to run for mayor in 2003. He did, and won.

So began his enormously successful political career as one of the most down-to-earth and likeable mayors (serving two terms until 2011) in the country. In The Opposite of Woe, Hickenlooper shares his unlikely story of success in a smart, funny and often candid voice, revealing a string of personal stories throughout.

Some may question the correlation between politics and brewing, but Hickenlooper sees the connection clearly. He says, “Brewing begins with natural ingredients: barley, malt, good clean water… so does politics: ideas, people, passion, and in most cases, just a cause. The real brewing action, the fermentation, starts when you add the yeast. In politics, that’s the activist, the engaged civic leader, coupled with the people’s voice, which drives the democratic process and often does so much to catalyze change…”

The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour
Featuring Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks and Beer Cocktails

A member of one the oldest and most historic brewing families in the U.S., award-winning author John Schlimm sits on the Board of Directors of the Straub Brewery in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, which was founded in the 1870s by his Great-Great-Grandfather Peter Straub.  Schlimm has written 17 books on topics ranging from inspiration to entertaining. The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook: More Than 400 Recipes That All Use Beer, released in 2008, was named “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by the International Gourmand Awards.

No stranger to food and beer, Schlimm’s most recent brew-inspired recipe collection, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks and Beer Cocktails demonstrates how “pairing and cooking with beer have become versatile and buzz-worthy art forms that anyone can master.” With recipes for brilliant bar bites made with, or made to pair with, beer like Bruschetta Brewski and Hoppy Humus to party drinks including beer cocktails, foodies, beer lovers and bartenders alike would agree that this comprehensive “party guide” will take holiday (or anytime) entertaining to a whole new level.

 

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