With the Great American Beer Festival coming to Denver in just a few weeks, it's been hard not to think about all the delicious beers that will be featured there! GABF has sold out, once again, but that shouldn't keep you from having your own tasting event. Most craft breweries on the Front Range feature beer flights in their taprooms, and nearly all of them allow you to take home growlers (glass jugs) or crowlers (cans) so you can set up your own tasting! You shouldn't have any trouble finding a craft brewer in Colorado; in 2016, according to the Craft Brewers Association, Colorado ranked 2nd in the country in craft breweries!
Check out the display on the south side of Floor 2 of the Denver Central Library for these titles and lots more:
Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide To The World's Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher features the most current information on beer styles, flavor profiles, sensory evaluation guidelines, craft beer trends, food and beer pairings, and draft beer systems. You'll learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, mouth-feel, and vocabulary of the major beer styles—including ales, lagers, weissbeirs, and Belgian beers—and develop a more nuanced understanding of your favorite brews with in-depth sections on recent developments in the science of taste.
Whether you're a baker or a drinker with a baking problem, the pages of Cookies & Beer: Bake, Pair, Enjoy by Jonathan Bender provides a series of guideposts for how to put together forty rockin' cookies—collected from celebrated chefs, bakers, and bakeries across the country—with craft beer. The information provides the building blocks for then experimenting with your own cookie and beer combinations.
Does it seems like there is a craft brewery on every corner? Author Timothy Sprinkler examines this phenomenon in True Beer: Inside the Small, Neighborhood Nanobreweries That are Changing the World of Craft Beer. In the 1970s and '80s, the brewing industry shift was from large corporate suppliers to smaller, independent "microbrewers," typified by producers such as the Boston Beer Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Today, the market is going even smaller—with tiny, independent brewers setting up shop in neighborhood brew houses nationwide, focusing on crafting unique, flavorful brews specifically for their extremely local clientele.
Check out the reimagined bedtime story Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People by Ann E. Briated! Following the cadence and illustration style of the classic Goodnight Moon, this grown-up "pitcher" book depicts closing time at the brewery. While the moon rises, the brewery crew - including three little otters (in charge of the water), a warthog, and a hops wildebeest - introduce us to the brewing equipment, ingredients, and styles of beer.
Though it's too late to get into this year's Great American Beer Festival, there is still time to plan for 2018 - September 20-22, at the Colorado Convention Center.