21 of the Best Beer Books

Published: December 1, 2021

Our list of 21 of the best beer books offers you everything you need to learn more about this delicious brew. You'll find reads with beer tasting tips, information on it's history, and a few cookbooks. 

You'll also find tips on the best way to brew your own and some that show you some awesome beer and food pairing ideas.

Pull up a chair, grab yourself a brew, and start reading some of these entertaining and informative books on this historic beverage! 

21 Best Beer Books

1. Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in the Belgian Tradition

Farmhouse Ales

Written by: Phil Markowski, Tomme Arthur (Contributor), & Yvan De Baets (Contributor)

Published: December 1st, 2004

Pages: 198

Farmhouse ales have a long tradition. The first farmhouse ales date back to the Middle Ages, where farmers brewed them for their families and workers in small batches. In recent years, craft brewers have inspired these traditional beers and are making some of the most sought-after brews today.

Farmhouse Ales: Culture And Craftsmanship The Belgian Tradition is a book from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's Sam Calagione. He looks at this unique beer style with noted brewer Phil Markowski whose experience includes stints at Southampton Publick House, Two Roads Brewing Company, and Harpoon Brewery. This is a beautiful way to start your journey towards appreciating these beers.

2. The Brewing Cloud: A Book of Short Stories

The Brewing Cloud

Written by: R.J. Willow

Published: March 19th, 2020

Pages: 124

We all know that beer has become serious, sometimes a bit pretentious, drink over the last decade or two. So, with that in mind, Jill and I decided we'd add a bit of silliness to our list. The Brewing Cloud is just that: A city, up in the clouds, where every single person living there is somehow involved in brewing.

However, this isn't just a story about brewing; it is about the people and their beautiful stories.  Some of these stories include a beer bottle that grants good luck (sort of like a genie in a bottle, but you can drink it instead), A hop plant and a barley plant that have discussions about love and emotions, and more.

Obviously, this is a work of fiction, but it does have information on brewing in it, too, so kids of any age will love it. Grab a brew, grab a seat outside, and grab this book and enjoy the day.

3. Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement

Brewing Revolution

Written by: Frank Appleton

Published: December 17th, 2016

Pages: 216

In Brewing Revolution, Frank Appleton chronicles the history of America's craft beer movement from its early origins in the 1970s to its current status as a burgeoning industry. The book is a fascinating look at how one man became frustrated at how just three companies owned 90% of the beer industry in Canada. Realizing this helped Appleton launch a revolution by instilling his passion and knowledge into others who would go on to create some of the World's most iconic breweries.

It is also an account that examines why so many people have been taken with this movement-the personal satisfaction, the sense of community it fosters, and the sheer variety within beer styles from around the World. Drawing from interviews with brewers across North America-including Anchor Brewing Company founder Fritz Maytag and the Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman--Appleton explores what sets craft brewing apart from the mass-produced and corporations.

>> Books for those looking to brew their own beer at home

4. The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

The Complete Beer Course

Written by: Joshua A. Bernstein

Published: September 3rd, 2013

Pages: 320  

This book will help you get your feet wet with the World of beer and become a Beer Geek. The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks by Joshua M. Bernstein is an excellent guide for beginners to learn more about beers, their flavors, and what they are made from.

This book also includes information on how to host your tasting party, pairing food with beer, proper storage techniques for homebrews, as well as tips on how to be a better beer taster.

The author has created this course to make it easier than ever before for newcomers to the craft brewing industry. It is also for those who have been drinking but never really knew much about the different beers available out there! It is not only educational but also so much fun to read and explore what is out there.

5. The Beer Bible

The Complete Beer Course

Written by: Jeff Alworth

Published: August 11th, 2015

Pages: 656

Jeff Alworth's book The Beer Bible is a helpful guide for those who want to learn more about the history of beer and how different cultures have shaped it.  Alworth was able to pull from his background as a journalist, homebrewer, and craft beer enthusiast to deliver an informative read that all readers can enjoy.  

The book includes information on every aspect of brewing, from ingredients used to methods of fermentation, as well as including recipes that can be tried out at home or taken into consideration when visiting breweries.

This guide makes it easy for anyone looking for new information on the World's most popular alcoholic beverage. This book is basically considered an encyclopedia for anyone who is in the beer industry or just loves beer.

6. The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World's Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today's Craft Brewing Revolution

The Comic Book Story of Beer

Written by: Jonathan Hennessey, Mike Smith, and Aaron McConnell

Published: September 22nd, 2015

Pages: 180

As if you haven’t guessed yet, Jill and I love our beers, but we also love a sense of humor. Therefore, The Comic Book Story of Beer is just perfect for us (and hopefully for you too!). As far as we are concerned, it is 5 pm somewhere in the World, and so it is time to crack open a cold one, kick back, and learn about beer!

This comic book tells you everything you need to know, from beer's humble origins in the early days of civilization, through its rise in popularity over the centuries, to modern times where it has become an integral part of our popular culture.

This graphic novel will give readers a behind-the-scenes look at how breweries operate and what goes into creating different types of beers. Even if you think you don't like history or comics, this story will change your mind!

7. Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer

Cocktails on Tap

Written by: Mr. Jacob Grier, David Reamer (Photographer), Stephen Beaumont (Foreword)

Published: March 24th, 2015

Pages: 160

This may seem to be a strange addition to our list since it also includes spirits in it, but you'll be glad we did. Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer by Mr. Jacob Grier is a fun take on the traditional cocktail book, this time pairing spirits with beer instead of other ingredients.

In these pages, you'll find mixed spirits and beer recipes such as “Root Beer Stout Float” or “Hoppy Tea” made with IPA. Maybe you feel a bit adventurous and want to try "The Green Devil," which has the Belgian Duvel beer, with London Dry Gin and absinthe! There are also the classics like the Moscow Mule (vodka and ginger beer), Negroni Slushie (gin, sweet vermouth, Campari), and Dark & Stormy (rum, lime juice, dark rum).

So, the next time you throw a party, instead of just serving everyone the boring old Mai-Tai, you could surprise them with a “Mai Ta-IPA." Trust me; they'll love you for it.

8. The Oxford Companion to Beer

The Oxford Companion to Beer

Written by: Garrett Oliver and Tom Colicchio

Published:  October 7th, 2011

Pages: 960

Simply stated, The Oxford Companion to Beer is considered the Rosetta Stone of every beer lover on the Earth. It is an in-depth book that covers everything there is to know about beer, and it's a must-read for any beer lover and the perfect addition to your bookshelf.

The Companion contains entries on brewing techniques, styles of beers around the World, how to taste beer properly, different types of glasses used for drinking beer, how different cultures serve and drink beer, and so much more.

It is one of those rare books that goes beyond just being informative - it's fascinating. Whether you're looking for some great drink recipes or just want something fun to read while sipping your favorite brew, this book has it all!

9. The Beer Geek Handbook: Living a Life Ruled by Beer

The Beer Geek Handbook

Written by: Patrick Dawson

Published: May 3rd ,2016

Pages: 192

Patrick Dawson's The Beer Geek Handbook: Living a Life Ruled by Beer is a must-read for anyone who considers themselves beer aficionados. This book takes you through the life of what it means to be a "Beer Geek" and gives insight on how to live your best life, all while enjoying some delicious brews along the way.

This ranges from knowing which glassware are appropriate for certain beers, what foods to pair with them, and how you can talk about it, so you sound like a pro. This handbook will tell you everything you need to know about being one with the beer world.

Just like us, you’ll learn to live by the rules of the “Ten Beer Geek Commandments.” With over 100 pages full of insightful information, this book will have you looking at your favorite drink in a whole new light!

10. The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer: A Beer Lover's Companion

The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer

Written by: Justin Kennedy

Published: December 26th, 2017

Pages: 160

We all know that wine tasting can be confusing, convoluted, and crazy-making since so many descriptors exist. Well, we are here to tell you that this is the same with beer since there are many different types of beer, with flavors ranging from sweet to bitter. It can be overwhelming for someone new to the World of craft brews or simply doesn't have a sophisticated palate.

Lucky for you, The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer: A Beer Lover's Companion by Justin Kennedy is an excellent tool for those looking to expand their knowledge about beer and its history.

This book not only provides detailed information about various beers, but each chapter has unique "scratch and sniff" stickers that will allow you to smell the aromas in your favorite beers. It is, as mentioned above, much like tasting wine and trying to figure it out. If you're looking for something fun and informative this summer, give this book a try!

11. Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation

Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers

Written by: Stephen Harrod Buhner

Published:  September 18th, 1998

Pages:  534

Most people don't think of beer as a medicine, psychotropic, and anything beneficial other than getting a buzz and hanging with buds. However, this book shows that it was and that it worked on many people.

Another interesting bit that you will learn about is how beers were made. I don't mean how to brew them, but that there was some type of it as far back as 30,000 B.C. This book has 120 illustrations, bringing it to life…no matter how long ago this all started.

The author is a well-respected healer using traditional medicines and has helped people realize their potential through different plants, a few of which make up beer.

12. Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People

Goodnight Brew

Written by: Karla Oceanak, Allie Ogg (Illustrations)

Published: September 23rd, 2014

Pages: 32

Okay, we still had to have one more silly beer book on our list. Being that we have nieces and nephews, we love this one. Why? Because it is a play on the famous Goodnight Moon children’s book and is a hilarious parody of it.

This book follows a mother and son as they visit their favorite brewery, with each page dedicated to one part of the brewing process. The illustrations are quirky and fun, making this book perfect for children who like both books and beer. Well, maybe it is better if your kids like books and you like beer. We just want to be specific and not cause any trouble.

The author does a great job of referencing the original Goodnight Moon book, so if you’ve read it, you’ll get a lot of laughs from it. However, even if you’ve never read it, you’ll still think it is hilarious.

It is a fun way to learn about the World of beer, how it has evolved, and where it is now.

13. The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer: An Unpretentious Guide to Craft Beer

The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer

Written by: Ashley Routson

Published: June 1st, 2015

Pages: 256

More beer, please! Well, if you want some, you are in luck since there are now more breweries, not just brewpubs, in the USA since the end of Prohibition. The Beer Wench, as she is nicknamed) is here to show you the best beers and how to find them.

This book is an excellent primer for those that don't know a lot about beer served with a side of humor and silliness. As we know, many people only think of pairing wine with food, yet Rouston will show you how to do that with a delicious beer or two.

Not only that, but she makes learning more about it fun. We enjoyed learning more about the different styles of beer out there. An excellent addition is the gorgeous photos of other breweries. This book will help you become a beer wench in no time.

14. The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food

The Brewmaster's Table

Written by: Garrett Oliver

Published: May 13th, 2003

Pages: 384

Unlike The Beer Wench, Garrett Oliver is a more serious beer drinking, and he is also a brewer at Brooklyn Brewery in N.Y. City. In this book, he also shows how to pair beer with food and make it so much tastier. According to people who have reviewed it, the beer produces a massive difference in the meal.

Oliver shows you how beer is made, being that he is a brewer, and you will learn everything you need to know about the different beers and how they match with which foods. The ideas that we've tried have been excellent, and we plan to keep experimenting. It also has beautiful photos from his travels all over Europe as he was researching this book.

15: Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer


Written by: Nathaniel G. Chapman

Published: May 1st, 2017

Pages: 292

For any serious beer drinker or any beer drinker who is just trying her first pint, Untapped is known as the Twitter of beer. People love to show their photos, give descriptions of their tastes, and rack up followers the more they "work" at their beer hobby.

This book is quite different in that Chapman asked a question that one usually doesn't think about. Some of these are about farming, the environment, and if some people are becoming beer snobs. As you can guess, this is the same as a wine snob but with beer.

One of the most exciting parts, in our opinion, is when he goes into how the beer revolution will hopefully be open to looking at the beer culture. This includes examining how people of different races and genders are treated, being that brewing has primarily been a white male job.

16. Tasting Beer

Tasting Beer

Written by: Randy Mosher

Published: April 5th, 2017

Pages: 376

Another one of our books focuses primarily on how to learn more about beer. Mosher is very highly respected in the beer world, and you’ll see you read it.

You will learn about how to pair beer with food, the latest trends in the brewing world, and written guides to help you use your sense of smell and taste to feel secure as you talk to your friends about the beers.

This book also has recipes for beer mixed with spirits if you want to try something new and different.

17. The Craft Beer Cookbook: From IPAs and Bocks to Pilsners and Porters, 100 Artisanal Recipes for Cooking with Beer

The Craft Beer Cookbook

Written by: Jacquelyn Dodd

Published: October 18th, 2013

Pages: 224

Some of the books you've read on this list have been about beer, what it tastes like, and how to serve them with food. This one blows them all away as it has 100 recipes, all accompanied by excellent photos, specifically to pair with beer.

Jill and I have always thought of beer as something to eat with chips, salsa, and some simple and bland foods. This book has changed our pairing! The recipes are incredible and will leave your mouth watering and wanting more.

The best part is that you can always get more as you try and possibly adapt all this food. You may not believe it, but Dodd also has some incredible breakfast recipes! But don't worry, you aren't drinking beer when you drink these breakfasts, so you'll still be good to go with being drunk.

18. Where to Drink Beer

Where to Drink Beer

Written by: Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø

Published: October 1st, 2018

Pages: 480

You may be content with drinking beer only made in the USA, but this book will expand your horizons to beer all over the World. The author has gone to over 70 countries, which is more than a 1/3rd of the World, just to help you find the best places to drink and their best beers. And trust me, it must have been a hard job to do that. He's a hero!

As mentioned above, the author goes to over 70 countries with listings of over 1,600 beers, so you can get an idea of where you want to go to try something new. Not only does he tell you about the beers, but he also includes reviews, information about the ingredients and brewmasters, and other suggestions.

He has maps to go along with the written word for those who quickly get lost or don't have GPS on their phones. Take a trip and learn a lot with Jarnit-Bjergsø book.

19. Beer and Food: Bringing Together the Finest Food and the Best Craft Beers in the World

Beer and Food

Written by: Adrian Tierney-Jones

Published: May 15th, 2014

Pages: 210

Another one of our favorite books on how to pair food with cuisines from around the World. This is one of the shorter books, but you will still find out how to pair 35 beers with delicious meals in it. These start with breakfast (I'm still amazed how these cooks can do that) and go all the way to desserts.

Since there are over 300 beers used in the pairings, you'll be able to expand your horizons and knowledge about setting up meals. And your taste buds will thank you, as will your friends, when you invite them over meals from around the World.

20. The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Written by: John “Chick” Donohue and J.T. Molloy

Published: May 12th, 2020

Pages: 272

Simply stated: This is going to be a one-of-a-kind book on this list and one that you will never forget for the rest of your life. It was based in 1967, and during the Vietnam War, a few buddies went out to have a drink. One of them was an ex-Marine who decided he wanted to help his friends who were still over there and fighting in the war.

They hatched this plan for "Chick" since he was now a merchant marine, heading to Vietnam. So, with a sack of beers, off he went to Vietnam.

Although this sounds like a book that is a downer, It is hilarious and a little scary to see what he went through to finish his job. It is fun to see how he tries to complete his plan. As you can guess, it was Mission Accomplished!

21. The Book of Beer Pong: The Official Guide to the Sport of Champions

The Book of Beer Pong

Written by: Dan DiSorbo and Ben Applebaum

Published: July 29th, 2009

Pages: 160

Okay, we will end this list with one of the cutest and funniest books that we've reviewed. I'm not sure that Beer Pong is the sport of Champions, but I know it is the only sport that Aram and I can compete in and win a lot of the time. Well, that and Cornhole, but that is a whole different story.

For those that don't know what Beer Pong is, it is a game where you put glasses of beer on a ping pong table and try to throw a ping pong ball over the net. If you make it in a glass, the other team must drink. The weird thing to us is that if we take a shot, shouldn't we get to drink?

If the other team sucks, then we won't ever even get a single beer! Obviously, this book is humorous, and you'll laugh all the way through it, and you'll be able to beat all your friends next time you play it.