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Book Review: Liquid Education: Beer, by Will Hawkes

A clear, concise coffee table book that explains the history and differences of beers, how to make your own home brew, and who the top 5 breweries are in the world.

This second book in the Liquid Education series is another fascinating glimpse into the history and practical making of one of our national drinks.

Daniella Germain once again illustrates this handy reference guide to selecting, making and knowing your beers.

liquideducation-beer200Subtitled From hop to the perfect pour, Liquid Education: Beer begins at the beginning with a history of beer, from the Sumerians who lived up to 5000BCE through to the Middle Ages and Industrial Revolution.

Author Will Hawkes explains the difference between ale and larger and, later, the different styles of beers. He’s clear, concise and keeps his imparted knowledge fascinating and focused.

Diving into how beer is made, Hawkes also shares tips on which foods go well with which beers, and he profiles what he considers to be the five best breweries in the world, including Australia’s Stone & Wood brewery.

Printed in hardcover in a squarish 185x160mm format, the similarity in design between this and the Liquid Education: Coffee book, makes these two a pair of unique coffee table books that could build to a practical collection if further titles are released.

The glossary at the back is a useful reference and Hawke’s enjoyable writing style ensures a fun read as well as an informative one.

Bottoms up!

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Rating out of 10:  8

Released by: Simon & Schuster Australia
Release Date: October 2016
RRP: $24.99 Hardcover

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