Homebrewers are a passionate lot (some would say obsessive), and often want to share our love for beer with friends and family.

So, apart from handing over your latest masterpiece in a tall pint glass, what about gifts that can be given to help others understand this wonderful hobby (i.e. obsession)?

Today’s post looks at three books that homebrewers can safely hand to their non-brewing friends and loved ones without risking a puzzled look.

 

Beer Safari

Lucy Corne is without a doubt one of South Africa’s true craft beer heroes. In this book, her follow-on from the very popular African Brew, she takes a closer look at craft breweries across South Africa, meets up with brewers and generally has a grand old time.

This is a must-have if you enjoyed her previous guide to the local craft beer scene. 

 

Brewing up a Business: Adventures in Beer

The author, Sam Calagione, is the owner and mad beer genius behind Dogfish Head Breweries, famous for their 60 IPA and recreating ancient brews from around the world. He’s also written some kick-ass how-to books for homebrewers.

In this book, Sam takes a bit of a departure from that and talks business. More specifically, he takes the reader on an entertaining and occasionally revolutionary journey through his craft business model.

If your non-brewing friend or significant other has an interest in business, guerrilla marketing, or just plain fascinating autobiography, this book is a great read.

 

The Brewmaster’s Table

 

Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery in NYC, and also a leading authority on food and beer pairings. Apart from authoring this book, he’s also the editor for the Oxford Companion of Beer.

The Brewmaster’s Table is a fantastic read for anybody who can be described as a “foodie” or is passionate about a good meal (accompanied by good beer, of course).

 
I’d also recommend Oliver’s book to my fellow homebrewers–He is a very, very knowledgeable brewer, and his insights into different styles of beer are incredibly useful for getting your homebrew’s flavours just right.