Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merrie Christmas Drink Books

Including whiskies from over 20 different countries, a witty, focused, practical guide to some of the world's finest whiskies Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited, and the absurdly expensive, whiskey expert Ian Buxton has scoured the shelves of the world's whiskey warehouses to recommend an eclectic selection of old favorites, stellar newcomers, and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk. This witty, focused, and practical guide is not an awards list or a list of the 101 "best" whiskies in the world in the opinion of some self-appointed whiskey guru. It's simply a guide to 101 whiskies from around the world that enthusiasts really must seek out and try-love them or hate them-to complete their whiskey education. What's more, it's both practical and realistic as it cuts through the clutter, decodes the marketing hype, and gets straight to the point; whether from India or America, Sweden or Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens, and islands of Scotland-here are the 101 whiskies that every whiskey enthusiast needs to try. Sl√°inte!

Beer lovers who want to start making their own brew have excellent chances for success if they start with this book! Back in 1980, nearly everybody in America was drinking similar beers. Only a few major brands dominated America's brewing industry, selling palatable but fairly bland beers. At that time, a mere eight craft breweries were doing business in the United States--but those small operations became the start of a trend. Today, the success of more than 1,700 American craft breweries has also inspired a burgeoning home brewing scene. How to Make Your Own Brewskis is both a detailed description of different types of beer and a fail-safe home brewer's recipe book. Offers recipes for the home brewer who wants to avoid those less-than-ideal malt extract kits and brew with wholesome grains All recipes have been field-tested and are easy to follow Describes all needed equipment and ingredients, and tells where to get them Presents recipes for the four basic styles of beer: Pilsner, California Common (the original American craft beer), Porter, and India Pale Ale Features more than 200 illustrations, including many demonstrating step-by-step directions Here is every beer connoisseur's first step toward the enjoyment of rich-tasting and distinctive brews he can be proud to claim as his own and serve to his friends.

The single malt wiskies of Scotland have inspired a passionate following around the world. With Malt Whisky you too can become a connoisseur of this most enigmatic of spirits.
Ian Wisniewski explains how three simple ingredients--water, barley, and yeast--are transformed into a drink of great range and complexity. He takes you on a journey around the finest Scottish distilleries, found in some of the most memorable countryside--from the emotive landscape of Speyside to the picturesque shores of Islay. There is practical advice on the array of malt whiskies available, proving there's a whisky for every palate, with flavours ranging from the elegantly fruity, to richer, rounder, smokier styles. To ensure that you get the most out of malt whisky Ian also provides tips on tasting and serving you favourite dram.
So take time out to savour one of the great pleasures of life, with Malt Whisky.

Roll the dice. Slam the quarter. Flip the cup. Did you win, miss, lose, or guess wrong? Sounds like it’s your turn to drink! Or maybe not, depending on the rules you learned to play by. If you’ve ever gotten into an argument with someone about rules for your favorite drinking game, or just wondered how that insane game at the table next to you is actually played, Fantastic Drinking Games is the book for you. With more than eighty different dice, card, quarter, and cup games, this is the ultimate book for party people!

Billy Munnelly’s annual wine handbook is an accessible and friendly guide that makes buying wine as easy as going grocery shopping. Munnelly gives advice on purchasing wine by the mood, pairs the wine with food and has written an extensive section of wine tours in Ontario. Have fun with wine without getting too serious or snobby!

Rod Phillips has spent another year tasting and rating the wines on the shelves of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Now in its fifth edition, The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO is a proven bestseller. 
The book rates each wine on a five-star, value-for-money scale, provides a concise, no-nonsense description and suggests food pairings. And there is space to add your own notes after you've tried Rod's suggestion. 
No wine consumer in the LCBO will want to head to the store without this definitive guide. And the appeal of this guide goes beyond the LCBO—chances are you will find many of these wines in most wine stores in Canada. Take advantage of the good- to great-value wines available at reasonable prices, and try something new if you tend to buy the same wine time after time. 
With updated information and carefully researched reviews, this book is the most comprehensive LCBO wine guide there is. Bottoms up! 

Winner of the 2007 IACP Cookbook of the Year Award

Winner of the 2007 IACP Cookbook Award for Best Book on Wine, Beer or Spirits

Winner of the 2006 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award

Winner of the 2006 Gourmand World Cookbook Award - U.S. for Best Book on Matching Food and Wine

Prepared by a James Beard Award-winning author team, "What to Drink with What You Eat" provides the most comprehensive guide to matching food and drink ever compiled--complete with practical advice from the best wine stewards and chefs in America. 70 full-color photos.

The hippest, hottest, most happening bar guide for generation X-ers and anyone young at heart. Its colorful, MTV-type design makes this the perfect party bar guide—a great gift! From an Alabama Slammer to a Surfer on Acid, here are 50 fun and delicious mixed drinks, shots and shooters conveniently arranged in alphabetical order for easy access. 4-color photographs throughout. 96 pages.

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