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3 Must-Read Books for Beer Lovers

How to enjoy beer may seem like a simple question that has many straightforward answers. But you might be surprised just there is much still left to know about drinking beer. Not to mention the process of brewing it. Whether you are a beer lover or not, here are some of the best books about one of the world’s favorite drinks.

1. 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones
As the title suggests, this book introduces you to the best beers in the world. 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die focuses on the finest brews – from Europe to America and many places in between. Reading this will inspire a wanderlust that will make you want to travel across the globe in search of great tasting beers.

2. Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher
This book teaches you the best ways to better enjoy your beers. It will introduce you to the different things worth noting that will change the way you drink, taste, and savor a brew.

3. The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes by Joshua M. Berstein
For the uninitiated, it would be difficult to identify the things that make each brew unique. If you want to learn how to distinguish the flavors, scents, colors, and everything that makes every beer different, The Complete Beer Course is for you. This book provides you with fairly simple courses that introduce you to the complex world of beers and leave you with a better grasp of the beer styles you can enjoy.

12 Best Vacation Destinations for Beer Lovers

There is nothing like a taste of good beer that makes a place even more memorable for beer lovers. You may find delicious brews at home if you know where to look. But a drink of some of the world’s finest brews in cities that have a rich tradition of beer-making is an experience you probably would not want to miss. Here are some of the world’s best cities if you are looking for an ultimate beer trip.

1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Why go: Home to some of the world’s renowned brands like Amstel and Heineken, numerous bars that serve a wide range of Dutch beers and international brands

2. Bruges, Belgium
brugs beertje
Why go: A veritable hub of beer tours, “Around Bruges in 80 Beers”, enjoy the taste of delicious beer while soaking in the scenic views, destinations like the ‘t Brugs Beertje and Staminee De Garre

3. Brussels, Belgium
Why go: Heart of the country’s thriving beer industry, a wide variety of brews to choose from, beer tours, events and festivals like the Belgian Beer Weekend, local pubs and bars like Delirium that serve more than 2,000 varieties of beer

4. Denver, Colorado, USA
Why go: Home of the Great American Beer Festival, other beer-related events like the Beer and Bacon Festival, a huge number of breweries and pubs, the Denver Beer Co. and more

5. Dublin, Ireland
guinness storehouse
Why go: Home of Guinness and many other known brands like Harp and Murphy’s, Guinness Storehouse tour, several types of Irish brews to choose from, Irish pub crawls, traditional alehouses

6. Edinburgh, Scotland
edinburgh pub
Why go: A long and rich history of brewing, a huge number of pubs, experience drinking locally-brewed ales and beers in well-known pubs

7. Montreal, Canada
Why go: Mondial de la bière and other beer festivals, craft beer tours and bars, breweries

8. Munich, Germany
Why go: Home of the Oktoberfest, beer lovers’ haven, a long tradition of beer drinking, the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, breweries, traditional beer gardens

9. Portland, Oregon, USA
Why go: High concentration of breweries with more than 50 breweries, locally-grown ingredients like barley and hops, numerous pubs and taverns, Oregon Brewers Festival, attractions like the Portland’s Brew Bus Tour, brew pub crawls

10. Prague, Czech Republic
Why go: A rich tradition of beer making and beer drinking, affordable place to drink amber ale, historic pubs and beer halls, Pilsner Urquell and other local brews

11. Seoul, South Korea
korean beer
Why go: Emerging hub for beer lovers, delicious and good quality local beers, beer neighborhood destinations like Itaewon, unique and great tasting local brews

12. Tokyo, Japan
Why go: A place where you can get beer almost everywhere, vending machines across the city dispenses some of the best tasting brews you can easily find, several pubs and bars that offer local brews and international brands, vibrant local craft beer scene, craft beer bars like Popeye, breweries that are a short road trip or train ride from Tokyo