[Mitch Steele] has taken what he has learned and neatly woven it into an engaging and eye-opening history of IPA blended with immensely technical brewing information. Mitch not only debunks the classic story of what the first IPAs really were and how they were made, but also chronicles the tragic account of ale’s rise and fall over the last three centuries. Then he goes on to include a serious volume of recipes and techniques from classic Old-World IPAs to modern craft-style double IPAs. This book should sit on every brewer’s bookshelf.
In this amazing book, Mitch Steele traces the evolution of IPA from its roots in the late 1600s to its rebirth in the 21st century as the most popular craft beer style today. At every stage, Steele details the style as it develops, and more significantly, shares stories of the brewers that made it. Nearly 50 recipes are included, along with detailed discussions of the ingredients and brewing techniques for the style in all of its incarnations. I have never been more inspired to brew a beer than I am now.
This will be an excellent addition to the literature on IPA.
The most comprehensive history of IPA yet written, spanning its birth in 18th-century London to its modern renaissance.