Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: The Craft, Culture, and Ethos of Brewing, Portable Documents

Beer Is Proof God Loves Us The Craft Culture and Ethos of Brewing Portable Documents Beer Is Proof God Loves Us is a funny engaging and downright joyous examination of the whole world of beer and brewing Your guide Charlie Bamforth may be the world s expert on every aspect of be

  • Title: Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: The Craft, Culture, and Ethos of Brewing, Portable Documents
  • Author: Charles W. Bamforth
  • ISBN: 9780132172998
  • Page: 343
  • Format: ebook
  • Beer Is Proof God Loves Us is a funny, engaging, and downright joyous examination of the whole world of beer and brewing Your guide, Charlie Bamforth, may be the world s 1 expert on every aspect of beer After a worldwide search, he was selected as the first Anheuser Busch Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis Now, he presents the most compBeer Is Proof God Loves Us is a funny, engaging, and downright joyous examination of the whole world of beer and brewing Your guide, Charlie Bamforth, may be the world s 1 expert on every aspect of beer After a worldwide search, he was selected as the first Anheuser Busch Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis Now, he presents the most compelling social history of beer ever written where it s come from, where the brewing business stands now, and what the future holds In this far reaching book, he reveals The extraordinary complexity and artistry that can be found in great brewing The factors that impact beer quality and wholesomeness Centuries old cultural values embedded in good beer.Bamforth also explains what the rise of new craft breweries means to beer drinkers and what the latest global trends will have on beer consumption The book concludes with a look to the future, illustrating how environmental issues will change the brewing industry and addressing radical new approaches to brewing, such as Happoshu and malternatives.

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    • Josh Hamacher says:

      I'm sure everyone has a grandfather or an uncle that holds court at family gatherings, spinning yarns that tend to skip from subject to subject and time to time. Some parts are fascinating, other parts you just quietly smile to yourself and go "yeah, right", yet you always find yourself listening to and enjoying what they have to say.That's pretty much exactly how this book reads. Apparently the author is well-known in the brewing community, now teaching courses on brewing at UC-Davis. The first [...]

    • Betty says:

      Charlie Bamforth's tribute to beer is a strange mixture of interesting historical tidbits (often including the author) and the author's personal opinions on beer itself.Unfortunately, my enjoyment of the former was often ruined by the latter. Bamforth's insights into the death of the UK pub culture, his experiences working with Bass and the various unions early in his brewing career, homilies on the absurdities of the temperance movement, and informative comments on the effect of globalization o [...]

    • Rachel C. says:

      Kindle freebie. You get what you pay for.This book is basically a stodgy old white guy telling you How It Is, interspersed with rambling personal anecdotes. I felt the book was largely unresponsive to what a layperson would want to know about beer. Also, the author came across as pretty racist - he rarely mentioned a foreign culture without denigrating it.

    • Justin Tapp says:

      This book popped up as free for Kindle one day in 2010 and I downloaded it because it reminded me of this Keith Walters post on alcohol and Scripture. I hadn't thought about it much until we were in Turkey, where we befriended a Lutheran family via our church, the husband of which is an avid home brewer (as is apparently a requirement of Lutheran males). He hosted beer-brewing & NFL-watching nights attended by many expat Christians and curious Turks, good times had by all.Bamforth is a PhD c [...]

    • Pam says:

      The bits about beer and brewery history were extremely interesting and informative, especially for someone who has recently gotten back into homebrewing. I do like some of the personality included in the book, but at times, the author comes across as arrogant, to the distraction of the text. At one point, he recounts ordering a Bud in a sports bar, and tells the reader that he refrained from asking the waitress "Do you know who I am?" when she showed little care that the beer was of low quality. [...]

    • Eric says:

      I was so excited about this book after reading through the first and second chapter even though my wife believed it was lame as nothing caught her eye and the author created a committee to evaluate bubbles. Then I read the rest of the bookReading the first chapter I was intrigued. I had high expectations that Charlie would evaluate the culture of beer through pubs (first chapter) and I expected other avenues as well. I thought his experience in the mega brew industry would provide some nice insi [...]

    • Steve says:

      Picked this up for free for Kindle andwell, I'm glad it wasn't priced any higher. This had potential to shed some real insight on beer and brewing, coming from an author with years of experience at a few major international brewers. Unfortunately, it's dragged down by a lot of pointlessly whiny complaints and rants. He resents that people dislike Anheuser Busch and accuse the company of producing bad, industrial beer. I'll concede his point that AB is a skilled brewery and yes, I suppose, there [...]

    • Sara says:

      The title is misleading. It's a quote (attributed, but apparently not actually ever said) by Ben Franklin. It comes across as religious-ish, and is billed as the history of brewing, and it neither: it's more the history of commercial brewing with a bit of beer philosophy thrown in at the end. Which is really interesting, if you're into that sort of thing; you'd just never guess it from the cover. Bamforth's style is easy to read, and having read Papazian's American homebrew perspective, it was i [...]

    • David Hoggan says:

      I heard Charlie Bamforth speak at the PARC Forum a few years ago & found him to be engaging, passionate & witty, so now that I've been getting into craft beer, I enthusiastically sought out this book thinking it would get me up to speed on the subject. What a disappointment. First off, the book is about half body and half footnotes with the latter being gathered in the second half of pages. This is a mere inconvenience when reading an ebook since you can hyperlink back and forth. But wit [...]

    • Joy says:

      I picked this up inexpensively for my Kindle after a recommendation on a forum I follow. It's an interesting read about the beer business, covering such topics as the pub laws in England, the rise of smaller brewers in America, and the relentless conglomeration of the larger brewing companies. I learned a lot about beer that I didn't know before, and there are plenty of endnotes that provide lots more detail on various anecdotes from the author, who is a professor of brewing. There is a bit of p [...]

    • Meredith says:

      This is a very short book, luckily, as it's not very good. The book is peppered with so many "As we'll discuss in X chapter" and "See chatper X" lines it's ridiculous. I mean, this is a very short, light book, not a long, scholarly work. Add to that fact that the author comes across as somewhat hypocritical, rather smug, and generally unlikeable. He's English and the book mostly uses British terms, but will randomly throw in a chips instead of crisps, which I find to be a really bad sign in a bo [...]

    • Taro Yamashita says:

      Gift book from friend. Easy to read, sort of a conversational in tone. The scope of the book is pretty wide: history of the author, history of beer, what makes a good beer?, the worldwide business of beer, the place of beer in society, and some justification of beer through the lens of religion (author is Protestant).I think that a larger book that delved into each of the various subjects more deeply would be reasonable, but that it would require several authors, with various specialties (histor [...]

    • Nick says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed Bamforth's book, Beer is Proof God Loves Us. It's an excellent, short journey into one man's livelihood, the world's social contract, and history's keen eye on beer and brewing. He presents this book is something part history lesson from a favorite childhood teacher, to that of an autobiography. It reads much like you are having a conversation with a friend, with who you haven't spoken too in a long time. As a matter of fact, that conversation is with Bamforth; especially if [...]

    • Mike says:

      Some interesting stuff in here, and some good points as well, but overall the book was meandering and full observations/beliefs I could not get on board with. The point of the book seemed to just be that beer is good, and people should be free to enjoy it as much as any other food or beverage. I agree with this, but this is hardly new or groundbreaking stuff. The other sentiments in the book that were confusing to me, were that there seems to be a longing for a return to prohibition in America, [...]

    • CJ Bowen says:

      Enjoyable but unfocused short look at beer and brewing. Bamforth is passionate and certainly qualified. One of the main messages of the book is that the big boys haven't completely lost their souls. The footnotes are almost as long as the text of the book, and range from complicated discussions of brewing to rambling reminiscences of the author of the sort that several beers would produce.I'd happily accompany the author to the pub for more of these stories, but the book as a whole loses focus. [...]

    • James Loftus says:

      The subject matter of this book is near and dear to my heart, I really do love beer and I believe that the author also loves beer. He is extremely knowledgable about the brewing industry and clearly loves his work. The book is packed with information about the history of the brewing industry and the technical methods and factors that go into making beer. However, despite his passion and a wealth of information, a lot of this information is stuffed into awkward and poorly organized endnotes (seri [...]

    • Bill Singmaster says:

      "Beer is Proof God Loves Us" is a fantastic read if you are at all interested in beer/brewing. Mr. Bamforth touches on all aspects of brew history - from the origins and ingredients, the Big Business beer companies and the competition in the global marketplace, and the revolution of the new-age craft beer scene. The author draws a ton of example and story material from his career in the world of beer. I am of the impression that he is a true, genuine expert. Half of the book are end notes that t [...]

    • Pris says:

      Book was a freebie when I got my Kindle Fire. It gives a brief history of beer and brewing and discusses the beer market today. The author is a well-known authority on beer and brewing and has worked for at least 2 of the biggest brewers in the world. Book is 50% autobiographical in that Bamforth relates how he stumbled upon beer interspersed with his young life as footnotes. The book isn't technical at all, unless you count one of the appendices where he very briefly describes the process of ho [...]

    • Christian says:

      Picked this up because of my recent entry into home brewing. I've heard Charlie on some podcasts and he is certainly knowledgeable and engaging.The book starts off a little slow - he covers a ton of mergers and acquisitions in the beer industry and it can get a little confusing or tedious - but picks up as it moves past the opening chapters. Then, after a good stretch of interesting stories and insights, Bamforth starts to get a little preachy and a little angry and seems to lose touch with the [...]

    • Cody Grady says:

      Definitely an interesting read Mr. Bamforth writes like an old English gentleman (perhaps because he is one) sitting in a pub after a few pints. He rambles, gets off topic, and rarely seems able to finish a thought. Indeed, this is the first book I have ever read that is 40% footnotes because of the various non-sequiters that must be explained to the reader in order to get the author's point that being said, the book is fascinating. It is chock full of facts, stories, and bizarre tibits about br [...]

    • John says:

      Excellent book about the beer industry. Especially good if you like long, slightly off-topic footnotes.There are a few points where I don't quite agree with the author though. His background is with the big brewers so he pays a lot more attention to them than to the smaller or craft breweries. This always comes up in that he seems to consider consistency to mean almost the same thing as quality (saying Budwiser makes consistent beer is totally reasonable, but to say that they make quality beer i [...]

    • Ellen says:

      I was a bit disappointed in this book. Part of it was the writing, which was so-so. Not poor, but not overly engaging, either. That's not to say that the book didn't have its moments. It did. I enjoyed many of the author's observations and his anecdotes, which brings me to my next point. Half of the book is endnotes, and it annoyed me to have to keep flipping back and forth to the back. I wondered why he didn't use footnotes like Mary Roach does. I soon found out it's because some of his endnote [...]

    • David says:

      The main part of this book consisted of 112 pages about beer: the evolution of the business, the elements of high quality beer, psychology of taste, health impacts, and social forces affecting beer drinking. And then there were 65 pages of end notes, some expanding on themes in the main text, and many running off on tangents about anecdotes from the author's life. I read this on a Nook, and was profoundly grateful for the hyperlinks that let me bounce back and forth between the end notes and the [...]

    • Katie says:

      I felt this book was in appropriately named. The author didn't give me a lot of "reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing" but instead gave a history of the big brewers and showed macro concerns of the industry. I also don't feel like him and I see eye to eye on a lot overall issues. Finally, the book was 1/2 notes, and many of the notes were stories about the author's life (love for sports, family growing up). It was odd to constantly be flipping back and forth, and then to read all this non-b [...]

    • Curtis says:

      This is a relatively short read that gives an interesting insider perspective on the history and methods of commercial brewing, the worldwide beer industry (largely focused on the UK and US), and the author's various roles in the industry. I subtracted a star because while many of his copious footnotes are interesting and add much to the general text, some others seem to have little or nothing to do with the section they're contained in. However, I enjoyed the book more than I expected to and wo [...]

    • Tom says:

      This wasn't a bad read, he does have quite a few stories to tell, although the use of an index made for a rather tedious hither and dither approach to reading, I would have much preferred the use of footnotes.There's a good bit of of writing on the industry, although a far too cosy relationship with the likes of Bud and Coors. Which I suppose is to be expected since he was a brewer for those firms, I also take issue with him equating anyone who thinks such beers are not worthwhile with being sno [...]

    • Heidi says:

      I was a little disappointed in that I thought this book would be about the history of beer; rather, it was more about the history of the brewing industry. Oh, well - it was a free book, so I really shouldn't complain. Nonetheless, I did enjoy it as Mr. Bamforth's writing style is carefree and humorous. He is frequently tangential, going off on things that have nothing to do with beer or brewing, but thankfully these tangents are usually relayed as endnotes and are easy to skip over (unless you a [...]

    • John says:

      The title of this one grabbed my attention, and while he does discuss the "spiritual aspects" of beer, this is mostly a long, rambling read about beer, the modern history of beer, breweries, and some ruminations on the nature of the beverage.The book is probably mostly footnotes, many of which are quite entertaining, but it causes the book to be very disjointed.Overall an okay read. Beer drinkers will probably find enough here to make it worth the read, but, like me, they'll probably get antsy t [...]

    • Brett Newton says:

      So many endnotes! Bamforth is a font of beer information, but this is really two small books combined. Sometimes the endnotes are engaging personal experiences or interesting musings; sometimes they leave you scratching your head and wondering why he ever included them. Also, beware of his bias toward his ultimate employer, Anheuser-Busch. Luckily, this was free for my Kindle or else I would have been a bit disappointed with this book overall.

    • Ricardo says:

      This is an entertaining book about both personal experiences of the author and his own thoughts on beer and its future. With a very humorous style the author talks about the benefits of beer from his perspective as an authority in the field. Easy to read, the book also briefly describes the process of brewing. This book is another good reason to enjoy a pint, as if we needed yet another excuse to pour a cold one.

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