#FoylesFive: Celebrating Beer
Earlier this year, Belgian beer culture finally officially took its rightful place on the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, where it now sits in good company with the likes of the French gastronomic meal, Cuban rumba and Spanish flamenco.
To celebrate, here is a far from exhaustive selection of some of the beer literature that can help you better appreciate the delicate arts of brewing and drinking beer.
Although not a complete directory of Belgium's over 1500 beers, this is a wonderful guide to Belgian beer culture, packed with drinking tips, tasting notes and pairing advice. A beautiful book which will introduce you to the brewing processes of the many varieties of beer to be found in Belgium, and give you all the knowledge you need to discerningly savour this liquid bliss.
Of course, beer is not just to be found in Belgium. Here is a guide that will take you on a journey to discover some of the typical local varieties of beer enjoyed in many countries. With notes on the world history of beer, the differences in brewing processes, and the diverse cultures surrounding beer and drinking around the world.
A tour of the world's top craft breweries, who reveal some of the secrets behind their best-loved beers. A trove of inspiration for the curious home-brewer, full of advice and tips to create your own signature brew.
A beautifully simple cookery book for the hop lover, offering twists on your traditional toad in the hole, cottage pie and risotto, as well as a no-nonsense quick guide for tasting and pairing beers, so you can make your next pub meal a gastronomic experience! The first recipe had me sold... coffee stout pancakes.
After all this talk of beer brewing and cooking, let's dip into the history of Britain's drinking habits. Pete Brown writes a fascinating and entertaining chronicle of the nation's beer culture, from the history of pubs to the evolution of beer making and consumption and its place in society throughout the years.