Beer for All Seasons: A Through-the-Year Guide to What to Drink and When to Drink It

four-stars /5

BEER_FOR_ALL_SEASONS062515An entertaining read, this book brings some perspective to the craft beer revolution and addresses the faux pas of seasonal beer drinking. Chapter one starts by planting beer firmly and irrevocably right smack in the center of human history and—in case you forgot why that pint is in your hand—reminding you of the purposes of beer. Chapter two gives a closer look at the making of beer, what to look for in different beers, and the origins of different brewing traditions. Chapters three through seven are where this book gets down to business. With a month-by-month breakdown of beer-related events all over the country and a detailed look at the perfect beer for every time of year, the book certainly earns its title: Beer for All Seasons.

Often making reference to cultural traditions and the history of brewing styles, this book isn’t just another beer book. The insightful commentary is complemented with comparative color pictures, images of vintage labels, and alcohol content charts. On a scale of beer sipper to beer enthusiast, there is something to interest everyone in this informative—but not too technical—take on beer.

Originally published on Manhattan Book Review.


Abroad at Home: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America

abroad_at_homefour-stars /5

This book offers a unique perspective on travel close to home. Breaking the United States and Canada into six different regions, the perspective traveler is offered “the 600 best international travel experiences in North America.” It includes tourist attractions from sightseeing to local festivals and gives a who’s who of the best local dining at each destination city. Rich in cultural influences of all sizes, new light is shed not only on large cities such as Cincinnati, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and San Diego, California; but also on the lesser-known Paterson, New Jersey; Horse Cave, Kentucky; and Willamette Valley, Oregon.

As a starving college student, California resident, and travel enthusiast, I found this book intriguing.

Like any good travel book, it offers attraction maps, phone numbers, websites, vivid pictures, and lots of tourist hotspots. But this is very much a book of local attractions from different areas. You get a sense of the culture and history of each of the featured cities. Living so close to many of the featured California locations, these are attractions I can – and plan to – turn into day trips, even though I had never considered them before.

Originally published on San Francisco Book Review.