When it comes to buying gifts for the homebrewer, there’s always an easy bet: books on brewing.

Here are three absolutely essential books that every homebrewer should have on his or her bookshelf. They’ve taught me a lot, and here’s hoping you’ll find value in them too!

Homebrewing for Dummies

This is an absolutely excellent read. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced homebrewer, this book by Marty Nachel will have something to teach you.
 
Don’t let the ‘Dummies’ title put you off. There’s an excellent section on bottling and kegging, as well as more recipes (in every single BJCP style) than you can shake a pint at.
 
Worth buying and worth buying for a friend!
 

Clone Brews

This delightful book by Tess and Mark Szamatulski is a tour de force of various styles of beer and how to brew them at home. Attention is paid to extract and full grain homebrewers alike, and the erudition and attention to detail found inside the pages are more than worth the price of admission.
 
A particularly cool feature of the book is the food recipes and pairings suggested. So even if you’re not a homebrewer, this book will help you decide exactly what dish to serve with that bottle of Duvel you’ve been saving for Xmas. 
 

The Home Brewer’s Answer Book

The final selection in this book round-up is this little (in size, not content) book by Ashton Lewis. He’s the Mr Wizard answer guy at Brew Your Own magazine. This powerful reference guide is for anybody who really wants to improve his or her homebrewing prowess.
 
It covers topics that range from how to identify infections in your beer (hint: ropey bacteria ain’t fun), to how to cultivate yeast ‘sampled’ (stolen) from commercial beers.
 
The sheer psychological benefit of having The Home Brewer’s Answer Book handy while brewing is more than worth it’s price. Get it! Today. 
 
Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think of this reading list, and don’t be shy to suggest some yourself in the comments section!