There are many great books about brewing and homebrewing. There are great how-to books, books on specific styles, books on ingredients, books about experimenting, and more. Here is a short guide of homebrewing-minded books. Disclaimer: There are many books I (Nate) just don’t know about. This list is what I know and recommend. I also have not read all of these but know of them by reputation and have many of them in the ever-growing to-read pile.
How To Brew – John Palmer
The new “Bible” of homebrewing. Palmer goes into everything a new brewer needs very simply to know and gets technical enough for an experienced brewer. A must for any homebrewer and a new edition was just published (June 2017)
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing – Charlie Papazian
Perhaps the original homebrewing “Bible”. Papazian founded the American Hombrewers Association and wrote the original version of this book back in 1984 and has updates it multiple times. The classic.
The Homebrewer’s Companion – Charlie Papazian
The sequel to The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. Another great how-to with more information from Papazian.
Brewing Better Beer – Gordon Strong
A detailed and technical look at every aspect of brewing at home.
Experimental Homebrewing – Drew Beechem & Denny Conn
The impetus for their podcast, Beechem and Conn discuss how to experiment with your brewing. Try a new ingredient, test if that step really does anything, design your own experiment.
Homebrew All-Stars – Drew Beechem & Denny Conn
Beechen and Conn interview 25 of their favorite, well-known homebrewers. They talk about equipment, ingredients, and each gives a recipe. By grouping them into categories, you can find the homebrewers most like you and the ones that will challenge your style.
Radical Brewing – Randy Mosher
Mosher explores using unique ingredients and often the history behind them. If you are interested in experimenting with ingredients or making some of your own, this is the book for you.
Brewing Classic Styles – John Palmer & Jamil Zainasheff
Palmer and Zainasheff explain each style and give an award winning recipe to brew it. The base recipes are given in extract with how to alter them for all-grain. This is my go-to book for great homebrew recipes.
Seven Barrel Brewery Brewer’s Handboook – Greg Noonan, Scott Russell, & Mikel Redman
A detailed book of recipes from an award-winning brewery. This book is often sighted by other professional brewers as a go-to for solid recipes.
Modern Homebrew Recipes – Gordon Strong
Strong, Grandmaster BJCP Beer Judge, describes how to brew over 100 beers to BJCP style, more than just recipes.
Designing Great Beers – Ray Daniels
A technical guide to formulating great beers. Includes detailed tables and formulas.
Styles – in-depth book on specific styles
Classic Beer Styles Books from Brewers Publications
Altbier – Horst Dornbusch
Barley Wine – Fal Allen & Dick Cantwell
Bavarian Helles – Horst Dornbusch
Belgian Ale – Pierre Rajotte
Bock – Darryl Richmann
Brown Ale – Jim Parker
Continental Pilsner – David Miller
German Wheat Beer – Eric Warner
Kӧlsch – Eric Warner
Lambic – Jean-Xavier Guinard *ebook only
Mild Ale – Dave Sutula
Pale Ale – Terry Foster
Porter – Terry Foster
Scotch Ale – Greg Noonan
Smoked Beers – Geoff Larson
Stout – Michael Lewis
Vienna, Marzen, Oktoberfest – George Fix
American Sour Beers – Michael Tonsmeire
Brew Like a Monk – Stan Hieronymus
Farmhouse Ales – Phil Markowski
IPA – Mitch Steele
New Brewing Lager Beer – Greg Noonan
Session Beers – Jennifer Talley
Wild Brews – Jeff Sparrow
Brewing Elements Books from Brewer’s Publications – Detailed, and sometimes technical, investigations into the four ingredients that make beer beer.
Hops (For the Love of Hops) – Stan Hieronymus
Malt – John Mallett
Water – John Palmer & Colin Kaminski
Yeast – Chris White & Jamil Zainasheff
Ancient Brews – Patrick McGovern
A historic look at the ingredients used in ancient beer and beer-like beverages. McGovern tells the story of the discovery of the ancient beverage, how to make a modern version, and how to match it with food.
Brewing Local – Stan Hieronymus
Brew with local, native ingredients and how distinctly American beer came about from these available ingredients.
Brewing with Wheat – Stan Hieronymus
How to and the history of brewing wheat beers.
Wood & Beer – Dick Cantwell & Peter Bouckaert
The history of storing, transporting, fermenting, and aging beer in wood. And how to get that wood flavor in your beer.
Tasting Beer & Food
Tasting Beer – Randy Mosher
Mosher tells you how to get the most out of tasting beer. Improve the beer you make by tasting beer better.
The Brewmaster’s Table – Garrett Oliver
Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, describes how to match beer to food and gives suggestions. Want to host a beer dinner, read this first.
The Homebrewer’s Garden – Joe Fisher & Dennis Fisher
How to grow everything you brew with in your own garden.
The Hop Grower’s Handbook – Laura Ten Eyckj & Dietrich Gehring
Everything you need to know, and probably much more, to grow hops.
This should be enough to fill your bookcase, or at least get you started. I think it’s time to sit down with a cold beer and do some reading myself…