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Essentials of Beer Style (01)

The Essentials of Beer Style, written by Fred Eckhardt, who celebrated his 88th birthday on 10 May 2014.

 

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"Fred [Eckhardt] is an [an eighty-eight] year old former Marine Buddhist who teaches swimming classes to children back in his native Portland, Oregon. . . . He wrote a book on how to homebrew lagers in 1969, ten years before homebrewing was re-legalized. His 1989 book, The Essentials of Beer Style, has become a kind of Rosetta Stone for homebrewers and those who judge homebrew competitions. "Eckhardt is a soft-spoken, diminutive, roundish man with blue twinkling eyes and a white mustache and goatee. Imagine Shakespeare's Puck reborn as a beer mensch."

—Ken Wells: Travels with Barley (2002)

 

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"Essentials of Beer Style" is a seminal book on expositing the principles of beer character and style, using qualitative analysis of beers available at the time of its publication (1989). Although outdated in terms of beers currently available, it remains an invaluable educational resource, especially as beer 'authorities' purport to 'discover' more and more beer styles.

 

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[Notice the appropriate beer stain on the cover. Back cover: here.]

 

 

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Taken on May 16, 2010