Best Audience: Advance homebrewers and microbrewers who want to dive deeper into the stout style

Of the Classic Beer Styles Series books I’ve read, Stout (Classic Beer Style) by Michael J. Lewis was the least thrilling. The section on the history of Stout was much shorter than I would have liked and Michael didn’t spend nearly the time on the raw materials and equipment sections or technicalities of the style as expected. The history Michael does cover, though, is quite interesting.

What I liked about Stout, though, was the section by Ashton Lewis on Brewing Stouts at Home. As a homebrewer, that section offered a lot to deepen my appreciation of this style. Microbrewers and more advanced homebrewers may like the survey of stouts section, which discusses the technical details of a variety of commercial stouts, although the list is by no means comprehensive now, over 20 years after it was first published.

If you’re looking to complete your collection of Classic Beer Style Series books or enjoy slightly dry, technical information, you will want to add Stout (Classic Beer Style) by Michael J. Lewis to your collection.

The Bottom Line: Stout (Classic Beer Style) by Michael J. Lewis has earned a place on my bookshelf.

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