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Minnesota's Best Breweries and Brewpubs: Searching for the Perfect Pint
Minnesota's Best Breweries and Brewpubs
Searching for the Perfect Pint
Paperback      ISBN: 0299282449

Based on four years of travel and research, Minnesota's Best Breweries and Brewpubs is a welcome addition to Robin Shepard's series of guides to the best of the Midwest's beer industries. From large-scale breweries such as Cold Spring, to chains like Granite City, to individual brewpubs like Fitger's Brewhouse, Shepard provides commentary for more than thirty beer makers and three-hundred Minnesota beers. Accessible enough for people at all stages in their journeys to discover great-tasting beer, the information-packed guidebook also features a list of helpful books and websites, as well as information on Minnesota's beer tastings and festivals.
For each brewery and brewpub site you'll find:
- a description and brief history, plus many "don't miss" features
- a description of beers on tap and a list of seasonal and specialty beers
- a space for the brewmaster's autograph
- notes on the pub food, with recommendations
- suggestions of nearby sights and activities
- general directions to the location
- Shepard's personal ratings of the experience, plus room to add your own.

The Ultimate Party Drink Book: Over 750 Recipes for Cocktails, Smoothies, Blender Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, and More
The Ultimate Party Drink Book
Over 750 Recipes for Cocktails, Smoothies, Blender Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, and More
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0688177646

Bruce Weinstein is a guy who knows how to party. And his key to partying is choosing the right drink. Spiked or zero proof, Bruce has shaken, stirred, blended, or ladled concoction for every occasion and everyone on your guest list.

The cocktail traditionalist will savor Bruce's world-class Bloody Mary, while those on the cutting edge will sip one of his twelve exotic and tasty variations of this favorite libation. His classic martini comes with no fewer than fifteen spin-offs. Got a crowd coming over? No problem. Just pull out the punch bowl and fill it with Groovy Banana Wine Punch or teetotaling Pink Plum Lemonade. On a hot summer day, serve a blended tropical Papaya Smoothie or Orange Jewelious. Or blast away winter's chill with a warming coffee, tea, or fruit juice toddy.

From an intimate dinner for two to a block-party bash, raise your glass and celebrate with Bruce Weinstein's The Ultimate Party Drink Book.

How to Cure a Hangover
How to Cure a Hangover
Hardcover      ISBN: 1904435459

All the hangover cures recommended here have been created by the world's leading bartenders from the 20th and 21st centuries, and all were carefully devised to revive their suffering customers. "Hair of the dog" mixtures, such as Banana Cow and Suffering Bastard, guarantee relief from overindulgence, but if Breakfast Eggnog isn't your cup of tea, try one of the many fruity juices and smoothies. Dr. Andrew Irving also offers authoritative medical advice on the short- and long-term effects of too many rough nights. The book deals with the science of a hangover, including the role of coffee and water, plus the history of weird and wonderful hangover cures since antiquity.

Brew Ware: How to Find, Adapt & Build Homebrewing Equipment
Brew Ware
How to Find, Adapt & Build Homebrewing Equipment
Paperback      ISBN: 0882669265

Gear up with the right equipment and take the hassle out of homebrewing. Karl E. Lutzen and Mark Stevens guide you through the best tools for all your brewing needs, from DIY homemade versions of commercial brewery equipment to simple devices that make brewing easier and safer. Learn which gadgets and gizmos work best for measuring, mashing, bottling, kegging, and more. With the proper tools close at hand you'll save both time and money, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your homebrewed beers.

The Cocktail: 200 Fabulous Drinks
The Cocktail
200 Fabulous Drinks
Paperback      ISBN: 1585425362

Two hundred tantalizing drink recipes made more delectable by witty commentary and fanciful illustrations.

To the uninitiated, a drink is just a drink. But connoisseurs know that what you sip is a statement and knowing one's poison is essential to making the right one. With style and sophistication, The Cocktail acquaints readers with the various personalities at the bar: gin bats its eyes behind a bookworm's glasses, whiskey scowls at passersby from the curb, and rum does a tipsy salsa with the bartender.

Featuring 200 concoctions with character, The Cocktail also shows readers the savoir faire of pairing drinks with occasions- mixing up a Rum Runner for an afternoon spent in bare feet and hammocks, or shaking up a 42 Flying Mules for a supercharged late night of raw emotion.

From Manhattans to Mojitos, Tibetan Mules to Southern Shags, The Cocktail covers drinks the world over from classics to trendy eyebrow-raisers. This charming book is divided into nine sections according to liquor-each introduced with a whimsically written profile:

- Champagne: The flirty, giddy staple, tottering around on heels, but not without substance and body- champagne is the leggy blonde who also boasts a degree in neuroscience.
- Gin: If gin had a wardrobe, it would be full of pleated skirts and ruffled shirts, lots of tweed and brooches.
- Tequila: Pin a red rose in your hair and dust on some bronzer-time to be saucy and brazen because, after all, the tequila made you do it. . . .
- Vodka: As racy as a Bond girl, as alluring as a fifties Hollywood starlet, and as compelling as a KGB agent dabbling in a little Russian roulette.

Throughout, Kat Macleod's collages personify cocktails as alluring women with devil-may-care airs-you'll want to cozy up to the bar with all of them. Both mischievous and elegant, this is a book to lift anyone's spirits.
The Homebrewers' Recipe Guide: More Than 175 Original Beer Recipes Including Magnificent Pale Ales, Ambers, Stouts, Lagers, and Seasonal Brews, Plus
The Homebrewers' Recipe Guide
More Than 175 Original Beer Recipes Including Magnificent Pale Ales, Ambers, Stouts, Lagers, and Seasonal Brews, Plus
Paperback      ISBN: 0684829215

Great beers to make at home, including more than 175 original beer recipes ranging from magnificent pale ales to ambers, stouts, lagers, and seasonal brews, plus tips from master brewers.

If you're into homebrewing, then you know that you can never have enough recipes. The Homebrewer's Recipe Guide will slake your thirst for more than 175 different beers in a variety of styles, whether you prefer a classic lager, a brown ale, a fruity brew, or a flavored stout. Among the original recipes are:

-Any Pub in London Bitter, a classic ale with a strong hop flavor
-Viennese Spiced Porter, a rich creamy porter with a hint of vanilla
-Golden Pils, a beer less dry than the classic pilsner
-Holiday and seasonal beers like Firecracker Red (with its cinnamon kick), the Great Pumpkin Ale, and Holiday Prowler Beer--the perfect gift
-Brewery Copycats--re-create your favorite tastes
-Foods featuring homebrew as an ingredient, like Red-Hot Rack of Ribs, Frijoles Borrachos, and classic Oatmeal Beer Bread

Rich quotations from Hemingway, Shakespeare, Joyce, and others celebrate memorable libations, special drinking spots, and other bits of beer and tavern lore and legend. Created by experienced homebrewers and filled with helpful tips, The Homebrewer's Recipe Guide is a must-have reference for both novice and expert alike.
A Wine Miscellany
A Wine Miscellany
Hardcover      ISBN: 1843171767

Offers information about everything from types of cork and other closures to the rarest and the most expensive wines (which are not necessarily the same thing).

Wines of the World: Your Essential Handbook
Wines of the World
Your Essential Handbook
Paperback      ISBN: 0756605172

Ecompassing thirty-five major wine-producing regions, this compact, illustrated handbook identifies wines made in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, and the Far East and furnishes helpful information on top producers, must-have vintages, grape varieties, wineries, and more.

Drink This: Wine Made Simple
Drink This
Wine Made Simple
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0345511654

Ever been baffled by a wine list, stood perplexed before endless racks of bottles at the liquor store, or ordered an overpriced bottle out of fear of the scathing judgment of a restaurant sommelier? Before she became a James Beard Award--winning food and wine writer, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl experienced all these things. Now she presents a handy guide that will show you how to stop being overwhelmed and intimidated, how to discover, respect, and enjoy your own personal taste, and how to be whatever kind of wine person you want to be, from budding connoisseur to someone who simply gets wine you like every time you buy a bottle.

Refreshingly simple, irreverent, and witty, Drink This explains all the insider stuff that wine critics assume you know. It will teach you how to taste and savor wine, alone, with a friend, or with a group. And perhaps most important, this book gives you the tools to learn the only thing that really matters about wine: namely, figuring out what you like.

Grumdahl draws on her own experience and savvy and interviews some of the world's most renowned critics, winemakers, and chefs, including Robert M. Parker, Jr., Paul Draper, and Thomas Keller, who share their wisdom about everything from pairing food and wine to the inside scoop on what wine scores and reviews really mean. Readers will learn how to master tasting techniques and understand the winemaking process from soil to cellar. Drink This also reveals how to get your money's worth out of wine without spending all you've got.

At last there's a reason for wary wine lovers to raise a glass in celebration. Savor the insider's viewpoint and straight talk of Drink This, and watch your intimidation of wine transform into well-grounded, unshakeable confidence.
The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste
The Emperor of Wine
The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060093684

The first book to chronicle the rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., the world's most influential and controversial wine critic, who, over the last twenty-five years, has dominated the international wine world and embodied the triumph of American taste.

This is the story of how an American lawyer raised on Coca-Cola caused a revolution in the way wines around the globe are made, sold, and talked about.

To his legions of fans, Parker is a cross between Julia Child and Ralph Nader -- part enthusiastic sensualist and part consumer crusader. To his many enemies, he is a self-appointed wine judge bent on reducing the meaning of wine to a two-digit number. The man who now rules the world of wine has been the focus of both adulation and death threats. He rose to his pinnacle of power by means of the traditional American virtues of hard work, determination, and integrity -- coupled with an unshakeable ego and a maniacal obsession with a beverage that aspires to a seductive art form: fine wine.

Parker's influential bimonthly newsletter, The Wine Advocate, with more than 45,000 subscribers across the United States and in more than thirty-seven countries, exerts the single most significant influence on consumers' wine-buying habits and trends in America, Europe, and the Far East, and impacts the way wine is being made in every wine-producing country in the world, from France to Australia. Parker has been profiled in countless magazines and newspapers around the world and most of his dozen books have been best sellers in the United States and abroad. Yet, despite the world's attention and unending acclaim, Robert Parker stands at the center of a heated controversy. Is he a passionate lover of wine who, more than anyone else, is responsible for its vastly improved quality, or is he, as others claim, waging a war against centuries of tradition and in the process killing the soul of wine?

The Emperor of Wine tackles the myriad questions that swirl about Parker and reveals how he became both worshipped and despised, revered as an infallible palate by some and blamed by others for remaking the world's wine industry into a single global market, causing prices to skyrocket, and single-handedly reshaping the taste of wine to his own preference.

Elin McCoy met Robert Parker in 1981 when she was his first magazine editor, and she has followed his extraordinary rise ever since. In telling Parker's story, McCoy gives readers an unmatched, authoritative insider's view of the eccentric personalities, bitter feuds, controversies, passions, payoffs, and secrets of the wine world, explaining how wine reputations are made, how and why wine critics agree and disagree, and tracking the startling ways wines are judged, promoted, made, and sold today. This fascinating portrait of a modern-day cultural colossus shows how a world that once was the province of gentlemen's clubs and the pastime of stuffed shirts turned into a sensual hobby for the middle class, creating a luxury industry bent on making money on a worldwide scale -- and how one man has revolutionized the way the world thinks about wine.