The world is changing. Beer is changing. Everything changes and that seems to be the only certainty we have available left in our 2022 survival toolkit. So, it makes sense that Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont would head back to the word processor and give their comprehensive World Atlas of Beer a third revision to keep up with the changing trends in beer from around the globe.
The book is expertly thought through and well organized, traveling country to country discussing the different styles, traditions, and flavor profiles on the world beer map. It takes great care to also deliver vital statistics for each region such as annual production per nation, geography, agricultural output, and just enough history to keep even the most veteran beer scholar engaged and amused. Towards the book’s conclusion, there’s also a list of suggested food pairings and a calendar filled with some of the world’s most important beer festivals. Just in case travel is on the horizon.
In the ’90s, the beer authorship world was dominated by one name: Michael Jackson. Comparisons to his work and The World Atlas are worthy but also a tad unfair: Jackson’s work has stood the test of time through an established cult following by early adopters to become a critical starting book for anyone looking to explore the world of beer. While the World Atlas of Beer hasn’t been around long enough to establish itself on the same pedestal, given time and exposure it could prove to be a worthy successor and savvy update to Jackson’s output.
B+ / $28 / [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]