Check Out "The World Atlas of Beer" by Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont

September 25, 2012 6:53 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Atlas Beer
We typically don't like things with the word "Atlas" anywhere near it. The average World Atlas reminds us we're too broke to do any real traveling. Charles Atlas made a generation of Americans feel puny and buy Hummers. "Atlas Shrugged" should have been called "Liberal Enraged." (Photo: Uncrate)

We typically don't like things with the word "Atlas" anywhere near it. The average World Atlas reminds us we're too broke to do any real traveling. Charles Atlas made a generation of Americans feel puny and buy Hummers. "Atlas Shrugged" should have been called "Liberal Enraged."

But here comes a book that's more exciting than Rand's sprawling epic that overestimated how much Americans care about the locomotive industry, although it doesn't take much to do that. It's called The World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World, and it comes to us from two non-celiacs, Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont.

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For those of you unfamiliar with Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont, look no further than the brew-obsessed barfly: he'll give you an education on the both of them. Mr. Beaumont's been writing about beer in the more thinking-man-oriented pages of Playboy. This books represents his eighth hardcover on beer, and it's certainly the most extensive. Even for an atlas, this book globe-trots.

Whereas Beaumont focuses on Canadian Beers, Tim Webb is an expert in all things Belgian, which he extensively catalogued in eight editions of Good Beer Guide Belgium. It's pretty telling that there are eight editions and counting to that book. We don't doubt that each one of them is necessary-- or as necessary and ever-produced as a book called Good Halal New York would be.

World Atlas of Beer costs twenty bucks and is overflowing with information on the history of beer, how the best beers get brewed, and information on the best nations to visit for the good stuff. It profiles five-hundred of the world's best beers.

If only it were scratch n'sniff.



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