The Complete Beer Course

Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes


TIt's a great time to be a beer drinker, but also the most confusing, thanks to the dizzying array of available draft beers. Expert Joshua M. Bernstein comes to the rescue with The Complete Beer Course, demystifying brews and breaking down the elements that make beer's flavor spin into distinctively different and delicious directions. 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 beers down a drain.

The Complete Beer Course has been translated and published around the world! Here is the cover of the Chinese edition.

The Complete Beer Course has been translated and published around the world! Here is the cover of the Chinese edition.

Bernstein has written a book that will take the reader from ‘beer novice’ to ‘intrepid and informed explorer’ in no time flat.
— Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer
The Complete Beer Course belongs in the library of every beer lover, home brewer and professional brewer.
— Jim Koch, founder, the Boston Beer Company
Figuring out which beers you want to spend the most time with just got easier with Bernstein’s romp through beer history, styles and thirst-provoking stories.
— Charlie Papazian, author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
It might be the best craft-beer book of 2013. But it is also, more important, both the product of a beer-centric age and a solution to its challenges—and, if we’re lucky, an indication that beer writing is evolving to suit the needs of a broader audience.
— Washington Post
*Structured as a 12-part course spanning the world of beers, this tome is terrifically comprehensive. Brooklyn-based beer expert and journalist Bernstein (brewed awakening: behind the beers and brewers leading the world’s craft brewing revolution) shares his immense appreciation for a remarkable variety of beers. The result is appealingly chatty writing that, while definitely reading as a progression through what the author calls a ‘boot camp,’ is also encyclopedic in nature. Readers may be familiar with common styles such as ales and lagers but are likely to emerge keen to seek out less well-known tipples such as milk stout or gose (a salty, German style). The chapters are balanced between a focus on more typical representations of styles and niche varieties, and Bernstein suggests many favorites for the reader to taste while reading. Spotlights on particular breweries and beers and lavish illustrations make this book as enjoyable to flip through randomly as to read from start to finish. Verdict a wide-ranging volume that is sure to appeal to beer enthusiasts and casual consumers alike. Highly recommended for public libraries and collections with a focus on food and beverages.
— Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)