Required and Recommended Reading
The bulk of our course content is built on The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes. It is strongly recommended for the Beer Lovers certificate and required for the sommelier certifications.
This comprehensive work is not only the textbook but contains a wealth of additional information on the world of beer. It belongs in every beer-lover's library. You are able to purchase the book in any format desired from e-book to audio book to hardcopy. Feel free to buy the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or better yet, support your local independent bookseller.
Structured around a series of easy-to-follow classes, his course hops from lagers and pilsners to hazy wheat beers, Belgian-style abbey and Trappist ales, aromatic pale ales and bitter IPAs, roasty stouts, barrel-aged brews, belly-warming barley wines, and mouth-puckering sour ales. There is even a class on international beer styles and another on pairing beer with food and starting your own beer cellar. Through suggested, targeted tastings, you'll learn when to drink down-and when to dump those suds down a drain.
Other Suggested Beer Books
Another great reference is Jeff Alworths's The Beer Bible
Imagine sitting in your favorite pub with a friend who happens to be a world-class expert on beer. That’s this book.
It covers the history: how we got from gruel-beer to black IPA in 10,000 years. The alchemy: malts, grains, and the miracle of hops. The variety: dozens of styles and hundreds of recommended brews (including suggestions based on your taste preferences), divided into four sections––Ales, Wheat Beers, Lagers, and Tart and Wild Ales––and all described in mouthwatering detail. The curiosity: how to read a Belgian label; the talk of two Budweisers; porter, the first superstyle; and what, exactly, a lager is. The pleasure. Because you don’t merely taste beer, you experience it.
This is book to put on your coffee or bar top to show you love beer. Even if your friends don't understand your obsession they will appreciate the wealth of pretty pictures.
National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer