Helpful Resources for Expert Homebrewers

Expert Homebrewers

By now the addiction is impossible to resist, you breathe beer gas and have yeast slurry running through your veins, and you are either working in or heavily active the industry.

At this point, your brewing library is pretty extensive, but now it is time to add resources for specific style titles and for the areas that surround the process of brewing, like pairing food with beer, cellaring, packaging and draft maintenance.

Food & Beer Pairing:

  • The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food – Garrett Oliver
  • The Chef’s Companion 3rd Ed. – Elizabeth Riely
  • Tasting Beer – Randy Mosher The Oxford Companion to Beer – Edited by Garrett Oliver

Keeping & Serving Beer:

  • Draught Beer Quality Manual – Maintained by the Brewers Association, found at
  • Draught Beer Quality Fact Sheets – Maintained by the Brewers Association, found at
  • Program Cellarmanship – Patrick O’Neill
  • MBAA Practical Handbook for Specialty Brewer: Raw Materials and Brewhouse Operations – Karl Ockert
  • MBAA Practical Handbook for Specialty Brewer: Fermentation, Cellaring, and Packaging Operations – Karl Ockert

Specific Titles:

  • Experimental Homebrewing – Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer By Drew Beechum & Denny Conn
  • New Brewing Lager Beer: The Most Comprehensive Book for Home and Microbrewers – Greg Noonan
  • Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales and World-Altering Meditations in a Glass – Randy Mosher American
  • Sour Beers – Michael Tonsmeire
  • Brew Like a Monk: Trappist, Abbey, and Strong Belgian Ales and How to Brew Them – Stan Hieronymus
  • Great Beers of Belgium (6th Edition) – Michael Jackson
  • Amber, Gold & Black: The History of Britain’s Great Beers – Martyn Cornell
  • The Homebrewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800 to 1965 – Ron Pattinson
  • IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale – Mitch Steele
  • Wild Brews – Jeff Sparrow
  • Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in the Belgian Tradition – Phil Markowski
  • And many more.

Many of the podcasts already mentioned in the beginner and intermediate homebrewer articles address more advanced topics that are suitable for the expert homebrewer.

The BJCP has national and master qualifications that can be obtained by sitting and passing the beer judging exam and the proficiency exams by getting a score of greater than 80%. The Cicerone program also have advanced, and master qualifications that can be obtained through their organisation and the Siebel Institute have advanced and master brewers programs.

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