Book Review: Atlas of Beer by Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson

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National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer by Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson is a coffee table book about, you guessed, beer around the world.  The book includes a forward by Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery.

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Thoughts:
I was very excited to receive National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer by Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson for review. On first impression this book is very impressive, glossy pages, excellent design, and wonderful pictures of exotic locals around the world.

The text is interesting and informative, sometimes over the top. It seems like the authors tried too hard, describing beers like they would fine wines (which I don’t “get” either). Beers are certainly underappreciated (especially in cooking, unless you are a bbqing/meat-smoking fiend like myself), but treating beers snobbishly takes away from the fun and excitement.

I do wish though, that books such as this would be a little less high-brow and more street level. It’s great to know about all those specialized beers and options, but seriously, if I visit some far off land there is little chance I’ll go to where the book recommends. I was looking for good beer recommendations, something that a beer enthusiast would love, hidden jams. Instead a got a wine snob’s version of a beer book, and who knows if those beers would even exist when you go to those cities?

A book certainly to look at and appreciate, maybe not to act upon but to get some great ideas.  Some of the little details, such as how to order beer, and a guide to where those who love beer go to drink are fun and certainly something one could use.
Also, no Israel?

Synopsis:
The book is a tour around Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia & Oceania, and Africa each with it’s own beers and experiences. The sections include a beer guide to where beer lovers go, how to order beers in different countries, beer trivia and science.

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