Book Review: ‘Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink’ by Randy Mosher

*Written in 2015.

For those who don’t know, I’ve been working towards becoming a certified Cicerone. I’m starting at the beer server level, which is the first step in the process.

While researching the subject of beer and preparing for my exam, this book was recommended as a “must read” by the Cicerone organization and many others I have talked to.

I’ve read a lot of books on beer, its history, its endless amount of styles and the brewing process. However, nothing I’ve encountered before Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher has given me this much knowledge on the subject.

The book feels thick and massive in one’s hand but it is actually only about 230 pages. Granted, each page is full of so much information that you walk away feeling like you truly understand the ins-and-outs of beer in every facet.

This book is not just comprehensive, it is also an easy and pleasurable read and doesn’t waste time on nonsense. Many beer books out there pander to the writer’s own ego and display their overabundance of knowledge at the sake of educating the reader on the most important parts. Mosher doesn’t lose you on lengthy diatribes on subjects that may be too difficult for the beginner.

But don’t take that as seeing this as just a beginners’ book. It covers the basics but it expands on the basics in a very layman sort of way. Mosher has a gift as a writer and a teacher and this is truly the bible for beer lovers and people wanting to have a more intimate understanding of their favorite beverage.

Everyone in the beer industry, especially those in craft beer, should have already read this and if they haven’t should make it a priority. It has certainly made my journey towards Cicerone knighthood more enjoyable, more informative and made it seem much more attainable.

If I ever run into Mr. Mosher in my travels, I owe him a beer.

Rating: 9.5/10
Pairs well with: The Complete Beer Course, The Audacity of Hops and Beyond the Pale

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