Best Audience: Advanced homebrewers and microbrewers interested in getting to know Scotch Ale more deeply
Scotch Ale (Classic Beer Style) by Gregory J. Noonan was my first foray into the Classic Beer Style Series, and it has remained by far my favorite so far. Approximately a third of the book is devoted to the history of this style. I loved that. Even the sections on ingredients, equipment, and technique were filled with history, making this one of the easiest reads of the series. Scotch Ale wasn’t an easy style to find in my area at the time, but Gregory piqued my interest enough to get me looking high and low for a taste of this ale. I was not disappointed when I finally found it.
If you’re looking for a lot of technicalities akin to what you’ll find in the other titles of the Classic Beer Style Series, you won’t find them. What you will find is a passionate look at virtually all aspects of the style. The recipes section includes those designed for both 5-gallon and full barrel brews in both extract and all-grain styles. There are recipes for both single and double mash techniques, too.
The Bottom Line: Scotch Ale (Classic Beer Style) by Gregory J. Noonan has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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