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Th­es­e­cret­sof­mas­ter­brew­ers: Tech­niques, Tra­di­tions, and Home­brew Recipes… By Jeff Al­worth (with a fore­word by Stan Hierony­mus), Storey Pub­lish­ing

Lis­ten­ing to pro­fes­sional brew­ers talk about their craft and tech­nique is some­thing we never get tired of, so this in­side look from re­spected au­thor Jeff Al­worth was a wel­come ar­rival. Brew­ers of all abil­i­ties will ap­pre­ci­ate the in-depth, ap­proach­able ad­vice for brew­ing clas­sic beer styles, and de­spite the com­plex­ity of the sub­ject mat­ter, the book man­ages to art­fully and ac­ces­si­bly present dif­fi­cult top­ics in man­age­able and un­der­stand­able bites.

The book is or­ga­nized ge­o­graph­i­cally, with sec­tions on Bri­tish, Ger­man, Czech, Bel­gian, French, Ital­ian, and Amer­i­can tra­di­tions (plus an additional section on “Brew­ing Wild”), and chap­ters within cover ma­jor styles that coun­try is known for. The real meat of the book is the recipes and step-by-step in­struc­tions from renowned brew­ers like Fullers, Du­vel, Om­megang, Bir­ri­fi­cio Ital­iano, Break­side, and pfriem (among others).

It’s a thor­ough, in­for­ma­tion-dense jour­ney through clas­sic beers styles, and has earned a spot on our brew­ing book­shelf. —Libby Mur­phy

Cork­ci­cle De­cap­i­ta­tor cork­ci­cle.com

It’s not nor­mal to nerd out on bot­tle open­ers to the de­gree we do, but the amount of time we spend open­ing bot­tles has led to a par­tic­u­lar ap­pre­ci­a­tion for open­ers that do the job well and add some amount of sat­is­fac­tion (dare we say, plea­sure?) to an oth­er­wise mun­dane task. You name it, and we’ve used it.

The Cork­ci­cle De­cap­i­ta­tor ar­rived a week too late for our gear guide is­sue, but that didn’t stop of us from press­ing it into ser­vice here at the Craft Beer & Brew­ing Magazine™ of­fice. Did we cap some of­fice home­brew just to en­joy open­ing it with the De­cap­i­ta­tor? You bet we did. The metal con­struc­tion feels great in your hand, and the mech­a­nism op­er­ates with a sub­tle and sturdy “thunk” as you de­press the opener over the cap and neck of the bot­tle.

It works great on 26mm crowns, with only an oc­ca­sional hang-up. It’s not com­pat­i­ble with 29mm crowns used on some heavy­weight Bel­gian-style bot­tles, so you’ll need another opener for those. But at only $19.95 (plus ship­ping), it feels more valu­able than the price. —Jamie Bogner

Cus­tom Nu­cle­ated Glass­ware egrand­stand.com

Nu­cle­ation points etched in glass­ware can be great for cer­tain styles of beer that ben­e­fit from the con­tin­u­ously re­freshed head and en­hanced aro­mat­ics (beers you’re not go­ing to nurse for hours un­til they’re com­pletely flat), but up un­til now a cus­tom nu­cle­ation pat­tern in a glass was only avail­able at pro­hib­i­tive cost. When our friends at Grand­stand ap­proached us with the op­por­tu­nity to try out their new (af­ford­able) cus­tom op­tion, we jumped at it.

The re­sult (as seen above in the Craft Beer & Brew­ing Nonic pint glass) is re­ally, re­ally fun— our brew­ers sym­bol etched in the bot­tom of the glass, pro­vid­ing nu­cle­ation points to pull CO2 out of so­lu­tion as you drink. If you’re a brew­ery with cus­tom glass­ware, this is an af­ford­able op­tion for adding ex­tra en­joy­ment to ev­ery glass. If you’re a con­sumer and sim­ply want a cool Nonic pint glass with this brew­ing logo etched in­side, head on over to shop.beerand­brew­ing.com and pick up a set of ours! —Jamie Bogner

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