Cramming the useful among the amusing, this book offers beer quotes, weird facts and helpful lists, such as strange beer flavors (algae, bull testicles, beard), and all in doses you can enjoy in a short trip to the privy or a more protracted visit. Portable Press, $15.
Still an assortment of beer topics, but with a little more depth and a lot more British “humour.” Subjects include beer styles, a discussion of glassware and pairing beer with cheese. Skyhorse Publishing, $15.
Malted grains give depth and character to beer (and spirits!). So much the better if you do it yourself. If you truly want to step up your homebrewing game (or if you know someone who does), this is the first step, with an A-to-Z presentation of the terms and techniques of craft malting. White Mule Press, $25.
Go on the road with the author as he meets the real people making craft beer every day in America. St. Martin’s Press, $25.
The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes For Your Favorite Bar Snacks & Beer Cocktails, by John Schlimm
A cookbook with beer-friendliness as its ultimate goal, from bar snacks to barbecue, and even beer shooters and shakes. Cumberland House, $15.
Go deep into the eccentric, eclectic world of Italian craft brewing, where pure passion brought the country’s microbrewery count from 20 to nearly 600 in 14 years. Dog Ear Publishing, $20.
This compendium tackles the subject by country, expertly presenting the styles, history and heroes. A substantive Beer 101 for a budding enthusiast. Race Point Publishing, $30.