• "Manages to make you appreciate the magic of beer even in its most everyday form."

  • "[Brown] leavens his magisterial tour of fearsome science and vast brewery history with cheery anecdotes, humor, vivid you-are-there prose and a clever eye for personality . . . His rhapsodies about the meaning of life and the meaning of beer are stirring . . . His expertise and insight will leave you with a glimmer of infinity every time you hold a bottle of it in your hand."

    New York Times
  • "Staggering … Pete Brown’s new work has bowled me over"

    Roger Protz, editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide
  • "Entertaining, engaging, and simply fun … Put down your scientific journals and remind yourself what beer is really all about"

    Charlie Papazian, founder of the Association of Brewers
  • "A book full of amazing facts ... combines history, a look at today’s vibrant beer world and some very well-explained science about how the four magic ingredients come together to create the world’s most popular drink."


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