How do you organize your books?
With the cover art categorized by the Standard Reference Method?
Whichever practice brings you a sense of calm, let’s look at this year’s best sellers using everyone’s favorite category of the the Dewey Decimal System, 641.873 for Homebrewing:
Released in April, Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide by Dick Cantwell and Peter Bouckaert is like having the Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant of the brewing industry teaching you to blend and barrel-ageing beer. Sure, if you’re a beginner, you may want to practice drills, but once you’ve mastered basic brewing, take your craft to the next level with coopering instruction from these greats.
Ray Daniels’ tome Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles continues to be a bestseller, receiving a nearly perfect Amazon rating. Not just a how-to book, Daniels takes a deep dive into 14 beer styles, providing recipes and insights into the nuances of each category.
Stan Hieronymus isn’t new to Brewers Publications, but his latest title: Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer takes a look at foraging for brewing ingredients, collecting wild yeast and exploring North America’s brewing history. Stan’s humor and expertise can be found throughout: "Remember: You're still brewing beer … If you kill your neighbor, you won't be able to borrow her lawnmower."
It’s not surprising that John Palmer’s perennial classic, How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time is this year’s most popular title. Celebrating 10 years since its release,How to Brewis undergoing extensive revisions with an enhanced e-book planned for the June 2017 release.
641.873 The Brewing Elements Series: Yeast, Hops, Malt and Water
One could say this four-part brewing series is more popular than George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. But there’s no doubt that yeast, malt, water and hops are the cornerstone of brewing beer (and a much quicker read). The Brewing Elements Series rounds out our 2016 bestseller list with:
- Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation by Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff
- For the Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops by Stan Hieronymus
- Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse by John Mallett
- Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski