A celebration of beer - its science, its history, and its impact on human culture What can beer teach us about biology, history, and the natural world? From ancient Mesopotamian fermentation practices to the resurgent American craft brewery, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall peruse the historical record and traverse the globe for engaging and often surprising stories about beer. They explain how we came to drink beer, what ingredients combine to give beers their distinctive flavors, how beer´s chemistry works at the molecular level, and how various societies have regulated the production and consumption of beer. Drawing from such diverse subject areas as animal behavior, ecology, history, archaeology, chemistry, sociology, law, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, and more, DeSalle and Tattersall entertain and inform with their engaging stories of beer throughout human history and the science behind it all. Listeners are invited to grab a beer and explore the fascinating history of its creation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnny Heller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/012840/bk_reco_012840_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hoist a tall cold one! There´s nothing better than a good beer to set things right, except... A good beer that you brewed yourself! So roll up your sleeves, tear into some pretzels, and put on your game face: it´s brewin´ time! Beer Making for the Total Novice takes you step-by-step from licking your lips to clanking cold mugs of your own homebrew with friends! No need for experience, we´ve broken the process down into simple steps, so anybody can make delicious, refreshing beer in your own home. There´s so many beers on the market these days, you might spend a fortune looking for your favorite one. With Beer Making for the Total Novice, you can learn how to make the beer that you like. However simple or sophisticated your taste, Beer Making for the Total Novice will give the beginner the tools needed in simple terms, to craft your own. Experience the pride of making it yourself while having fun doing it! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kris Price. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025768/bk_acx0_025768_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Founder of The Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, and a key catalyst of the American craft beer revolution, Jim Koch offers his unique perspective when it comes to business, beer, and turning your passion into a successful company or career. In 1984, it looked like an unwinnable David and Goliath struggle: one guy against the mammoth American beer industry. When others scoffed at Jim Koch´s plan to leave his consulting job and start a brewery that would challenge American palates, he chose a 19th-century family recipe and launched Samuel Adams. Now one of America´s leading craft breweries, Samuel Adams has redefined the way Americans think about beer and helped spur a craft beer revolution. In Quench Your Own Thirst, Koch offers unprecedented insights into the whirlwind ride from scrappy start-up to thriving public company. His innovative business model and refreshingly frank stories offer counterintuitive lessons that you can apply to business and to life. Koch covers everything from finding your own Yoda to his theory on how a piece of string can teach you the most important lesson you´ll ever learn about business. He also has surprising advice on sales, marketing, hiring, and company culture. Koch´s anecdotes, quirky musings, and bits of wisdom go far beyond brewing. A fun, engaging guide for building a career or launching a successful business based on your passions, Quench Your Own Thirst is the key to the ultimate dream: being successful while doing what you love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Koch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002212/bk_aren_002212_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fermenting Revolution delivers an empowering message about how individuals can change the world through the simple act of having a beer. It is also the first book to view all of the important trends in human history as fundamentally revolving around beer.Globalization pitches the corporate worldview that is essentially selfish, rewarding the few while demeaning the many and devastating nature, against the sustainability movement that calls for cooperation, the protection and celebration of nature and the nurturing of equitable communities. Beer exemplifies the struggle. This book: Traces the path of brewing from a women-led, home-based craft to corporate industry; Describes how craft breweries and home-brewing are forging stronger communities; Explains how corporate mega-breweries are saving the world by pioneering industrial ecology; Profiles the most inspiring and radical breweries, brewers and beer drinkers that are making the world a better place to live.The return to beer as a way of life is communal, convivial, democratic, healthful, and natural. The American beer renaissance champions ecologically sustainable production, and is helping to create thriving community places. After reading Fermenting Revolution, mere beer drinkers will become ´´beer activists,´´ ready to fight corporate-rule by simply meeting their neighbors for a pint at the local brewpub -- saving the world one beer at a time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Maté. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000360/bk_bigh_000360_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of Bourbon, ´´the definitive history´´ (Sacramento Bee), comes the rollicking and revealing story of beer in America, in the spirit of Salt or Cod. In The United States of Beer, Dane Huckelbridge, the author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit - a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance best seller - charts the surprisingly fascinating history of Americans´ relationship with their most popular alcoholic beverage. Huckelbridge shows how beer has evolved along with the country - from a local and regional product (once upon a time, every American city had its own brewery and iconic beer brand) to the rise of global megabrands, like Budweiser and Miller, that are synonymous with US capitalism. We learn of George Washington´s failed attempt to brew beer at Mount Vernon with molasses instead of barley; of the 19th-century ´´beer barons´´, like Captain Frederick Pabst, Adolphus Busch, and Joseph Schlitz, who revolutionized commercial brewing and built lucrative empires - and the American immigrant experience; and of the advances in brewing and bottling technology that allowed beer to flow in the saloons of the Wild West. Throughout, Huckelbridge draws connections between seemingly remote fragments of the American past and shares his reports from the frontline of today´s craft-brewing revolution. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Corey Snow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005259/bk_harp_005259_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of 2014 US Gourmand Drinks Award Taste 5,000 years of brewing history as a time-traveling home brewer rediscovers and re-creates the great beers of the past. The Brewer´s Tale is a beer-filled journey into the past: the story of brewers gone by and one brave writer´s quest to bring them - and their ancient, forgotten beers - back to life, one taste at a time. This is the story of the world according to beer, a toast to flavors born of necessity and place - in Belgian monasteries, rundown farmhouses, and the basement nanobrewery next door. So pull up a barstool and raise a glass to 5,000 years of fermented magic. Fueled by date-and-honey gruel, sour pediococcus-laced lambics, and all manner of beers between, William Bostwick´s rollicking quest for the drink´s origins takes him into the redwood forests of Sonoma County, to bullet-riddled South Boston brewpubs, and across the Atlantic, from Mesopotamian sands to medieval monasteries to British brewing factories. Bostwick compares notes with the Mt. Vernon historian in charge of preserving George Washington´s molasses-based home brew, and he finds the ancestor of today´s macrobrewed lagers in a nineteenth-century spy´s hollowed-out walking stick. Wrapped around this modern reportage are deeply informed tales of history´s archetypal brewers: Babylonian temple workers, Nordic shamans, patriots, rebels, and monks. The Brewer´s Tale unfurls from the ancient goddess Ninkasi, ruler of intoxication, to the cryptic beer hymns of the Rig Veda and down into the clove-scented treasure holds of India-bound sailing ships. With each discovery comes Bostwick´s own turn at the brew pot, an exercise that honors the audacity and experimentation of the craft. A sticky English porter, a pricelessly rare Belgian, and a sacred, shamanic wormwood-tinged gruit each offer humble communion with the brewers of yore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Sutton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021518/bk_adbl_021518_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the midst of a seemingly endless supply of mass-manufactured products, we find ourselves nostalgic for products bearing the mark of authenticity - handmade furniture, artisan breads, craft beers, and other goods produced by human hands. What often goes unnoticed is the transformation of our understanding of craft - or rather, craeft - in the wake of industrialization. In Craeft, archaeologist and medieval historian Alexander Langlands argues that our modern understanding of craft only skims the surface. His journeys from his home in Wales have taken him along the Atlantic seaboard of Europe, from Spain through France and England to Scotland and Iceland in search of the lost meaning of craft. Reaching as far back as the Neolithic period, he combines deep history with scientific analyses and personal anecdotes. We follow the author as he herds sheep, keeps bees, tans hides, spins wool, and thatches roofs. We learn scythes work much better on tall grass than the latest model of weed trimmers, that you can spin wool using a large wooden spoon, and that it was once considered criminal to work on animal hides before a requisite 12-month soak. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012390/bk_tant_012390_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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