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Recommended Reading

Welcome to the Beer Dorks’ own personal library. These are the tomes of arcane beer lore that made us the know-it-alls we are today. So grab a book, pour a beer, and let the knowledge start a-flowin’.

Beer Culture

Beer & Philosophy Beer & Philosophy

Impress your friends by learning philosophy through beer! This collection of beer-centric essays examines the fundamental questions of everyday life. buy it »
The Brewmaster’s Table The Brewmaster’s Table

Equal parts beer history class, tour of world styles, and expert discourse on food and beer pairings, Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garret Oliver delivers a landmark work on beer as the utlimate companion to fine (and not so fine) dining. buy it »
Michael Jackson’s Beer Companion Michael Jackson’s Beer Companion

Anything by the late great beer luminary is recommended reading—whether it’s about beer or not—but this is our favorite, a true Beer Dork’s guide to the great beer styles of the world. buy it »
The Modern Drunkard The Modern Drunkard

From the annals of Modern Drunkard magazine comes this hilarious tongue-in-cheek ode to the pleasures of overindulging. Probably the funniest book that?ll ever touch your coffee table. buy it »
Tasting Beer: An Insider?s Guide To The World?s Greatest Drink Tasting Beer: An Insider?s Guide To The World?s Greatest Drink

A fascinating historical and philosophical look at not only how to taste the beer in front of you, but how to experience it to its fullest. buy it »
Travels With Barley Travels With Barley

Longtime Wall Street Journal writer Ken Wells embarks on an odyssey down the Mississippi, from coast to coast—and tavern to tavern—to search for, and define, America’s beer culture. buy it »

Beer History

The Joy Of Drinking The Joy Of Drinking

A folksy, mirthful walk through a gin- and beer-soaked cultural history your parents and teachers never told you about. buy it »
The Secret Life of Beer! The Secret Life of Beer!

A treasury of archaic trivia, secret histories, and profound philosophies about the beverage that has helped sculpt the human experience: beer. Take it to the bar to read when your friends get boring. buy it »


The Drawing Of The Dark The Drawing Of The Dark

Finally: a first-rate fantasy involving beer. Aging sword-for-hire Brian Duffy is charged with protecting the ancient Herzwesten beer, a brew destined to save the world from encroaching evil. buy it »

Home Brewing

Brew Like A Monk Brew Like A Monk

An insider’s tour of the Trappist breweries as well as other commercial examples of the unique Belgian brewing tradition. A technical work, this is decidedly not for beginners. buy it »
The Complete Joy Of Home Brewing The Complete Joy Of Home Brewing

Whether you’re a newbie home brewer or a seasoned all-grainer, this is the only reference work you’ll ever need, written by a man who’s become nothing less than a god in the world of beer. buy it »
Radical Brewing Radical Brewing

If ever there was a subversive book on the art of home brewing, this is it. A mind-bogglingly detailed history of beer, brewing, and everything in between. buy it »


All About Beer All About Beer
It’s cliched to say “the name says it all,” but … with articles including home brewing, beer travelling, beer history, beer reviews, beer storage and care, beer, beer, beer! It is, well, all about beer. subscribe »
Brew Your Own Brew Your Own
Not just a home brew journal, but also a do-it-yourself guide for different thinkers. Interested in making your own walk-in cooler with a window-unit air conditioner and duct tape? This is the magazine for you. subscribe »
Imbibe Imbibe
Actually a publication about all things you can drink—they even have entries about water—with smart, top-notch written articles on craft beer trends and culture. subscribe »
Zymurgy Zymurgy
Not only is it named after the coolest brewing term ever, Zymurgy is the official journal of the American Homebrewers Association, packed with recipes, tips, and general beer articles. subscribe »

Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

Beer Dorks News

Want to know how healthy the craft beer industry is? As always, look to Portland. Craft pioneer Bridgeport announces sudden closure, adding to a growing list of PDX casualties.
Did Anheuser-Busch Chicago offer their shit beer to Cody Parkey before his missed field goal? Because that may explain why he "accidentally" biffed it.
Chicago now has the most breweries of any city in the country. Other things Chicago has the most of: murders, mobsters, and Ditkas.
Trying to spin it positive, BA releases end of year graphic. Only 5% growth in the craft sector when nearly 1000 new breweries opened? That's a collapse waiting to happen.
R.I.P. Tallgrass... another casualty as the regional/national craft beer market continues to get squeezed.
Wait... Constellation Brands cut all of the Ballast Point and Funky Buddha sales staff? They merged it with their Corona/Modelo staff?? We're SHOCKED!!!
Pizza Beer founder crying about failure of company, blames everyone else. Reminder, the beer tasted like vomit. Try having better ideas or making better products so you're not a failure.
It's Bud Light so doesn't really matter, but we expect this beer to be sitting around for awhile.
Indiana brewery to open with controversial beer names to "get the conversation going". Translation: taking advantage of serious issues for free publicity.
Hundreds of amazing beers in Wisconsin and the Cubs took back the one everyone drinks just because it exists and people have heard of it. How fitting...