There’s a difference between “I’d love a beer” and “l love beer”, and we’re not just talking about the life-changes of an alcoholic. The perfect craft beer may not command quite the esteem amongst the middle classes as a fine wine, but requires arguably as much expertise – something that We Make Beer, by Sean Lewis, illustrates in spades. It’s called an eye-opening journey into craft beer-making in America and involves an intensive study of beer-brewing across time and nations, showcasing exactly how these brewsters put so much pride in their pint.
Lewis brings genuine enthusiasm to the subject, going so far as to explain how a great beer is an art form and encouraging such grand statements as “brewing isn’t a profession but something more akin to a divine calling”. In short, you’ll never look at a mass-produced lager in the same way again.