Book Review – American Sour Beers – Michael Tonsmeire

I’ve always had a thing for sour beers but I had never considered brewing one as it all seemed a bit too complicated, but this book has done a great job of dispelling the myths surround this dark art.

Written by Michael Tonsmeire, author of The Mad Fermentationist blog, you know the subject is in good hands and he certainly does a great job of talking you through the various methods of souring a beer. In fact, before he gets into the nitty gritty of things he advises to start a sour brew as you read through the book so that you can follow the beers journey first hand.

Along with the methods employed, he also talks about the origin of sour beers in Europe before turning his attention to the title subject matter – American sour beers and the breweries that produce them, such as Lost Abbey and Russian River. Each brewery has their own methods and this book does a sterling job at conveying them through a series of flow charts, making it a piece of cake to follow.

The latter part of the book has some of Michael’s own tried and tested recipes which make for a good starting point for anyone wanting to try their hand. If you have a taste for the sours then you really can’t afford to miss out on this super read, even if you don’t plan on brewing one! For me personally, this is right up there with ‘Yeast’ for importance of information.

Available to buy here – American Sour Beers

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