Beer is Proof God Loves Us presents a compelling social history of beer: where it’s come from, where the brewing business stands now, and what the future has in store. Its author, Charles Bamforth, draws on 32 years’ experience in all areas of the beer industry–from ingredients and processing to health impacts and culture.
In this far-reaching book, he reveals the extraordinary complexity and artistry that can be found in great brewing, shares the centuries-old cultural values embedded in good beer, explains what the radical consolidation of major brewing companies and the rise of new craft breweries means to beer drinkers, discusses the latest global trends in beer consumption, introduces the industry’s governmental, religious, and anti-alcohol adversaries, and explains why (in reasonable moderation) beer is truly good for you!
The Not-So-Slow Death of a Beer Culture
Barbican, Balls, and Beyond
On The Other Hand: The Re-Birth of a Beer Ethos
So What Is Quality?
Despite the Odds: Anti-Alcohol Forces
Looks Good, Tastes Good, and …
God in a Glass
Appendix A: The Basics of Malting and Brewing
Appendix B: Types of Beer
About the Author