Let’s face it, there are a lot of books out there on the subject of craft beer (hell, even I have one). But when it comes to capturing the spirit of craft beer around the globe, no one comes close to this gorgeous book created by National Geographic.
The book Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer is a collective work of craft beer around the world which features highlighted styles, history, places to visit, beers to try, fun statistics and more. All set against the gorgeous photography that National Geographic is well known for.
Basically consider this book an essential work for everything craft. It has some serious pedigree behind it too. Contributors include:
- Nancy Hoalst-Pullen – Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science Director at Kennesaw State University; a self-proclaimed “Beer Doctor” that teaches about the geography of beer.
- Mark Patterson – Professor of geography and the Environmental Studies coordinator at KSU and studies sustainability trends in the beer industry.
- Garrett Oliver – Renowned brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery
The book features more than 100 illuminating maps and 200 beautiful color photos. You’ll find beer history, trends, and tasting across six continents (and how to order a beer in 14 languages!). Travel tips include the best breweries, beer festivals, and pubs in each location. Just to give you a sense of how well they capture individual areas, they get the West Coast of Canada fairly right by listing Spinnakers as a must visit, along with Vancouver’s various brewery districts.
I would consider this book a must own for any craft beer enthusiast, and it will make an excellent gift for the upcoming holiday season.
Atlas of Beer is available for pre-order on Amazon right now, with the full release of the book set for September 19th. It’s listed for $40, but pre-sale is $28.59.