By Drew Beechum and Denny Conn
Voyageur Press (2016)
New to the beer canon on May 1 of this year, Homebrew All-Stars from well-regarded homebrewers Drew Beechum and Denny Conn brings together a wide swath of beer recipes and brewers (including names as big as John Palmer and Gordon Strong), and regardless of one’s approach to the hobby, this book has something for homebrewers of all stripes.
Following the standard homebrewing primer, the book is essentially divided into four categories, which speak to brewers (and give examples of brewers) in the same number of archetypes: Scientist, Recipe (and Ingredient) Innovator, Old-School Master and Wild One. I took the book’s assessment and wasn’t surprised that I didn’t fit neatly into any one of the slots offered. As Beechum and Conn allow with a Whitman reference, some of us “are large, we contain multitudes.”
In the interest of being picky, I’d say that while I like knowing just who thinks/wrote what in a joint-authored book, I don’t like this strategy:
Denny: Blah, blah, blah opinions that are Denny’s own on a topic.
Drew: Yadda, yadda, yadda thoughts that belong to Drew on a subject.
A matter of personal preference I’m sure, the tic interrupts the flow, and I’d rather the authors brought together a unified message (they did it everywhere else in the book, right?).
Packed with recipes and tips from some of the all-stars of homebrewing, as well as profiles of said brewers, the book is a real asset for anyone looking to up their game.
FTC disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher.