Moveable Virtual Blogger Pub Crawl: The Naked Pint
Beer is an ancient beverage – possibly the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world – and until recently, those of us in the US didn’t have a lot of options when it came to drinking it. In the 1970s, there were around 44 breweries in the US and, for the most part, they produced pasteurized light lagers that are boring, light on taste, and uncreative. In 1976, a homebrewer opened New Albion brewing. Even though that brewery only last 6 years, that brewer’s vision started a revolution.
Thankfully these days we have a lot of options for beer but, if you’re new on the craft beer scene, it can be overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune demystify beer in their book, The Naked Pint. This book begins by defining beer:
Beer in its most basic form is a carbonated alcoholic beverage made from fermented grains. It is primarily made up of four key ingredients: malt, hops, water, and yeast.
and goes on to define beer terms and beer styles as well as suggest glasses that should be used and beer/food pairings. There is a lot of information in this book so it would be impossible to remember it all with one reading. It’s the kind of book you read and then keep for later reference.
- Perozzi and Beaune suggest those new to craft beer start out slowly with more subtle beers to train the palate and give a step by step plan to do this.
- The authors know their stuff and do a good job describing the different beer styles and even suggest specific beers.
- The book is written in an accessible manner so no prior knowledge of beer is required to read it.
- The conversational tone makes this non-fiction book an easy, light read.
- Beer is approached without snobbery – while Perozzi and Beaune suggest trying lots of styles, they stress that everyone likes something different and you should drink what you enjoy.
- The authors’ humor gets old after a while.
- At times it felt like the book is geared toward women.
- It’s obvious the authors live on the west coast – many of the beers they suggest are only available in that area.
- There is some mis-information in the book. For instance, they mention buying beer on eBay, which is illegal. Some information is outdated as well. (My copy of the book was printed in October 2012.)
Overall, The Naked Pint is a good introduction for anyone new to the craft beer world.