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The 12 days of Christmas beer giving: Better World Books

I have accumulated quite a library of beer books over the years, which has become a great source of reference books as well as entertaining reading.

One of the biggest names in the beer world is Charlie Papazian. Papazian has been active in the homebrewing movement for over 44 years, and in addition to authoring several books, he founded the Association of Brewers and the Great American Beer Festival, and is the current president of the Brewers Association.

Perhaps Papazian’s most well-known book is the bible of homebrewing, “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing.” October of this year marked the 30th anniversary of the original publication large volume format, and in September the 467-page “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, Fourth Edition” was released. Used copies of earlier editions are currently available at Better World Books.

He has spent the past two and a half years reviewing, revising, editing, adding, updating, researching, changing, correcting, deleting and improving this book. This fall also saw the release of his 440-page “The Homebrewer’s Companion, Second Edition.”  

Another of my favorite Papazian books is “Microbrewed Adventures,” which chronicles his worldwide travels in search of the most flavor-packed beers.

In March of this year, I reviewed “Locally Brewed: Portraits of of Craft Breweries From America’s Heartland,” by Anna Blessing. Her book features anecdotes from interviews with owners and brewmasters, and shares the stories of 20 influential breweries of the Midwest — almost half of which are located in either Indiana or Michigan. Large color photographs accompany each feature. This book is currently in stock at Better World Books.

With canned beer making a popular comeback, how about a great coffee table book? “Canned!: Artwork of the Modern American Beer Can” gives a short history of canned beer, and includes 948 color photos over 208 pages. Sections are arranged geographically by region throughout the United States.

Here is a chance to win one of two books that you can either keep as a gift to yourself, or give away. If you have won something from Hop Notes recently, I would ask that you let others have a chance. Winners will be notified by email and books will be available for pickup at DIY Coffee And Ale Supply at 114 E. Washington St, Goshen.

“Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer” is the story of England’s craft beer revival, where more than 1,000 breweries (up from a low of 358 a generation ago) pour their hearts and souls into every barrel and keg. Told by brew gurus Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey, the minds behind Boak and Bailey’s Beer Blog, “Brew Britannia” is a fascinating, eccentric and enlightening look at the contemporary beer movement. To win the giveaway, just be the first person to email me at with Brew Britannia in the subject heading.

I’m also giving away a copy of “World Bottled Beers: 50 Classic Brews to Sip and Savour.”This funky, beer-bottle-shaped book travels the globe so you don’t have to! Revealed in its “actual sized” pages are bottled beers listed with their country of origin, alcohol by volume, a review, brewer’s website and similar beers to try. To win, be the first person to email me at with World Bottled Beers in the subject heading.

Other favorite reads of mine include “Travels with Barley:  A Journey Through Beer Culture In America” by Ken Wells, and “The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer” by Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune.

A good choice for Indiana beer history buffs is “Indiana One Pint at a Time.” Douglas Wissing, a descendant of nineteenth-century Indiana-German brewers, explores the history and living artisanal culture of our state’s long, vibrant brewing tradition.  

You will find a large selection of new and used beer books at Better World Books, located at 215 S. Main St., Goshen.  If you can’t find what you are looking for on the shelf, just ask. Most likely they can order it it for you in time for the holidays.

This is part 3 of the Hop Notes 12 Days of Christmas Beer Giving gift guide. Part 2 featured beer soap from The Soapy Gnome in Goshen. For more Hop Notes, visit the Subscribe page to sign up for email newsletters.

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