On September 27, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes and Unabashed Arrogance will be unleashed on the world. The book's publisher, Ten Speed Press, sent me an advance copy. I just got it in the mail yesterday and anxiously skimmed through it. It looks promising and I wanted to share a quick preview.
The book, by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner with Randy Clemens, is written in three parts:
Part 1: Provides a primer on beer, documents its journey through history, and tells Stone Brewing's backstory.
Part 2: It's all about the beer! Describes Stone's brews and the inspiration behind them.
Part 3: Make your own! Recipes are provided for 19 favorites from Stone Brewing World Garden and Bistro (including the BBQ Duck Tacos I enjoyed when I visited Stone in June). But wait, it gets better! The secrets behind 18 of Stone's beers (including Anniversary Ales and Collaborations) are revealed in 5 gallon all-grain recipes. Sorry extract brewers... Maybe this will provide me with added inspiration to make the jump to all-grain.
I plan to read the book cover to cover during the next week, and will provide a more detailed review. In the meantime, if you want to lean more, check it out at Amazon or your favorite bookseller. Full Disclosure: If you pre-order the book using this link (or the one below), Amazon pays me a referral fee (at no added cost to you). I have no clue how much, but hopefully it'll add up to enough to buy me a beer. Preferably, Stone's new 15th Anniversary Ale...