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Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Nation's Finest Beers and Breweries

Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Nation's Finest Beers and Breweries
By Andy Crouch

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Great American Craft Beer takes readers on a passionate and informative journey through the most palate pleasing ales and lagers produced in America today. Built on the inalienable truth that there is a beer out there for everyone, the book directs readers to focus on the flavors they already enjoy tasting, such as sweet fruits, roasted coffee, or bitter hops. More than 80 styles and 340 beer profiles are accompanied by full-color photographs and illustrations of the beers and beer labels. This unconventional approach allows drinkers of all experience levels to step right up to the bar and order their next pint with confidence.

If you like the taste of . . .
fresh oranges
tangy lemons
ripe raspberries
creamy pumpkin
toasted caramel
rich espresso
dark chocolate
smoked meats                              
Try . . .
Address Unknown IPA by Willimantic Brewing
312 Urban Wheat Ale by Goose Island Brewing
Raspberry Tart by New Glarus Brewing
Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Anchor Bock by Anchor Brewing
Speedway Stout by Alesmith Brewing
Hefeweizen by Live Oak Brewing
Black Chocolate Stout by Brooklyn Brewery
Smokestack Heritage Porter by East End Brewing

Both a personal guide and companion to the exciting world of American craft beer, this unique book touches upon several subject areas, including not only beer, but food, travel, history, and the stories and personalities of those who brew America’s best beers. It includes 25 perfect pairing recipes and profiles of some of the best brewpubs in the country.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #67346 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-08-10
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.00" h x 6.50" w x 9.50" l, 1.99 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 320 pages


  • ISBN13: 9780762438112
  • Condition: New
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Editorial Reviews


San Diego Union Tribune’s beer blog “Brewery Rowe” July, 2010
“… crisp, clean and a lot of fun to pore over.”

Tasting Table Brew Gurus, Oct 14,2010
“…a beer history, primer and directory in one.”


About the Author

Andy Crouch is an award-winning freelance writer whose articles on beer have appeared in Ale Street News, American Brewer, BeerAdvocate Magazine, Beverage Magazine, Celebrator Beer News, New Brewer Magazine, Yankee Food News, and on his website His first book, The Good Beer Guide to New England, was published by the University Press of New England. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

AWESOME Beer Book!5
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new beer book; my shelves are lined with plenty of them. But this one sticks out as slightly atypical of other books. Its main draw for me were all of the flavor descriptors the author uses; "fresh oranges", "smoked meats", and "toasted caramel" are all indicative of the in depth portrayal given of the flavor profiles for the beers in this book. I think by beer style, is a great way to organize a book, but not all ipa's taste the same, for example. This book will allow you to find the citrusy/orangey ipa you crave, and stay away from the excessively bitter one you don't. Often times, especially for craft beer novices, help in the description of the flavors of what we drink is what we need most. This book hits the mark, and all the extra history, cooking tips, proper glassware recommendation, and the range of well-known to obscure breweries does as well!

Great gift for beer drinkers of all levels of experience!5
I found this to be a very useful tasting guide to many great beers that I've either already tried or now would like to try.

My favorite part is that the tasting notes are arranged by flavor and not by style, as with my other beer books. For a long time I've written off certain entire styles, thinking I just didn't like stouts or porters. This book helped me define what it is specifically that I don't care for (yuck, roasted flavors!) and helped me pick out beers within those styles that I actually quite enjoy. The section with the tasting notes is large and you might not need to read it all in one sitting from start to finish, but I found it useful to just pick out whatever flavor I happen to have a taste for and use it one section at a time.

I like that it includes breweries from all over the USA and not just large brands that every beer enthusiast with a passing interest has already had. Although you might be sad if your personal favorite wasn't included, this book has inspired me to try some brands I hadn't ever heard of before, to my pleasant surprise. I'd always thought that since I live in an area that gets so many great beer brands, if I hadn't heard of it, it must not be good. Wrong! After reading some of the reviews that sounded like a particular beer might be right up my alley I've had a fun time seeking out those beers while traveling elsewhere or at beer festivals. I liked that this book showed me new things to try, and didn't just tell me that what I already think is awesome is awesome.

I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but look forward to cooking up my own beer cuisine soon. I've heard good things about the chefs who came up with them, and the recipes look promising.

This book is a good addition to my beer library, and also a good gift for folks who are already beer fans as well as those who might be just getting their feet wet. I've given it to several people of varied levels of beer interest, and they've all enjoyed it.

Terrible beer book1
This is really a bad book. I was very excited to get it as I've been working my way through every beer I can get my hands on for the past couple years.

In addition to having not heard of most of the beers he discusses, I've not heard of the majority of the breweries either.

That's all well and good, but his write ups for each beer is simply awful. Far too many adjectives to describe the beer.

Each beer has its own page and then starts off by listing the brewey, website, ABV, what kind of glassware to drink the beer with, and when it's available. After that, it's a short paragraph describing the look, smell, taste, and feel of each beer.

Basically, if you've read one entry, you can put the book down because they're all the same; each written using three times as many words as necessary.

By the time I'd finished each entry, I had no idea what was being described.

I love books about beer as I've got a small shelf full of them. But this is the worst I've come across.