Prost!: The Story of German Beer

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Brewers Publications, Mar 3, 1998 - Cooking - 150 pages
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Horst Dornbusch introduces you to the glorious world of German beer. Nowhere has the history of beer been so intimately intertwined with the political, religious, and cultural history of the land and its people as in Germany. Trace the 3,000-year-old story of German beer from its turbid beginnings among tribal bands in the forests to the crisp, clean gems we drink today. Discover German beer’s subtle secrets—find out what makes it special and sets it apart. Learn why Germany is arguably the greatest beer culture in the world. Examine the ingredients that go into authentic German beers and follow the processes that make these beers.

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User Review  - BrianFannin - LibraryThing

Fairly basic and jingoistic primer about the history of beer in Germany. Loads of information missing or suspect. There's very little discussion about brewing in other countries, nor the effect that unification had on brewing in the north. A missed opportunity. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris177 - LibraryThing

I found this book to be very fascinating. I am not a big beer drinker myself but I found the history and information in this book to be interesting. First I did not know that beer and European history ... Read full review


Chapter 1 The Dawn of German Beer
Chapter 2 Elsewhere in the Ancient World
Chapter 3 Of Hausfrau Brewsters Vassals Monks and Nuns
Megabrewery of the Dark Ages
Chapter 5 The Struggle for PurityBut Wheres the Yeast?
Chapter 6 Of Burghers and Guilds and Free Brewers
Chapter 7 A Private Trading Empire Built on Beer
Chapter 10 Beer Making for the Uninitiated
Chapter 11 Brewing in Style
Chapter 12 German Ale Styles
Chapter 13 German Lager Styles
A Chronology
References and Further Reading
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An Upper Crust Quaff Makes a FlipFlop
Chapter 9 Here Come de Yeast and Modern Brewing
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Horst Dornbusch is a well-known consultant in the international brewing industry as well as a leading author and speaker about beer. He writes in English and German and has contributed hundreds of articles to North American and European periodicals for beer lovers and brewing professionals alike. Horst Dornbusch is the Associate Editor of the The Oxford Companion to Beer (Sept. 2011) and the author of The Ultimate Almanac of World Beer Recipes (2010), Bavarian Helles (2000), Altbier (1999), PROST! The Story of German Beer (1997), and a forthcoming beer recipe book for homebrewers in German (Sept. 2012). He is interviewed frequently on the history, styles, technology, and marketing of beer by broadcast media from Austrian TV to the BBC, New Zealand National Radio, and NPR, and has been the script consultant to two Discovery Channel programs. In the 1990s, he founded an award-winning microbrewery in Massachusetts. Before he made a career change to the world of beer, he worked for two decades as a writer, editor, and publications manager at The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Reader's Digest, and Siemens Medical Electronics. He was born and raised in Germany, was a Fulbright Scholar, and holds a B.A. from Reed College and an M.A. from Brandeis University.

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