The book I contributed to, 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, comes out today in the U.S. The book is the collaborative effort of 42 beers writers from around the world. We each wrote up beers from our areas of expertise, telling the beer’s story and also including tasting notes. There are 1,001 beers from 69 different countries listed, though the United States has more in the book than any other nation. I contributed 35 beers to the project, many of them from the Bay Area or the West Coast, with seven more American beer writers — all friends and colleagues — filling in the rest. Some of the beers were chosen by the editorial staff and the Adrian Tierney-Jones who headed the project, and the rest were suggested by all of the other writers. Some of the other contributors you might be familiar with include Stephen Beaumont, Pete Brown, Melissa Cole, Chuck Cook, Stan Hieronymus, Rick Lyke, Lisa Morrison, Randy Mosher, Chris O’Brien and Don Russell.
It’s a beautiful book, I must say, fully illustrated with nearly every beer’s label or bottle shown in full color. With every beer getting at least a half-page and most a full one, it’s also one seriously heavy book, weighing in at nearly five pounds and with 960 pages! I’m not sure where it will be sold, but it is currently available on Amazon.com, though the American cover is the one above, showing a full pint and bottle of our own Anchor Steam beer. It’s certainly great to see a book about beer from around the world that uses a San Francisco favorite on the cover.
Most pages look like this, which is the first beer reviewed, Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale (it’s also one of mine.)
The Beer Nut says
I prefer the UK cover, from a design point of view.
Are Americans going to know who Neil Morrissey is?
It’s certainly much bigger on the tray and so looks more impressive and the yellow definitely pops, still it’s nice seeing one of our own represent.
Doubtful; I knew, but I’m probably atypical. Though Men Behaving Badly was shown on BBC America, a cable channel here that shows British TV shows. I gave Adrian several suggestions of Americans to do the forward for the U.S. version but I guess none of them panned out
The Beer Nut says
Do you mean the Fuller’s Honey Dew cover? I don’t think that’s real. This is the version I have
How funny, I had only seen the cartoon cover one other place and I’d assumed that was a mock-up and not real.
Neil Morrissey, he was the guy from the Smith’s younger brother, right?
*ducks and runs*
congrats jay. can’t wait to pick one up.
btw, when i click on the typical page layout above, it takes me to a yahoo page with a picture of blueberries.