|The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer
Voyageur Press, 256 pages, $23
This book is aptly named. It’s not a general primer, written by a faceless writer in the classic voice-of-God third-person. It’s a personal book written in the first person in a very chatty, familiar voice. You have the feeling, very early on, that Ashley Routson has you by the elbow and is taking you on a tour of the beer world, pointing out the things that catch her eye. During the tour, she offers a very current sense of the way American beer geeks see the world–which I sense is also quite personal. Routson is in many ways the face of American craft beer, and folks who are entering that world will get a strong sense of its flavor. (She h …
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