|The brewery at Rochefort Abbey in Belgium.|
There is also introductory material about: the history of beer; how it is made and of what; the taste of beer and which aromas and flavors to look for; how to serve beer and pair it with food; and even how to brew it (very briefly!). The book concludes with a section on enjoying beer, including a chapter about where to go should you wish to see some of the eighteen breweries I profile (or some of the other 34 I visited). All throughout, I tried to make the book as comprehensive as possible, but also lively and interesting. Karen MacNeil had the great insight to include tons of sidebars throughout The Wine Bible to add color and interest. I happily followed her lead.
I completed the manuscript in May, and it is now in the hands of an editor. Workman plans to have it ready for release in fall 2013.