Every fanatical devotion needs its very own bible and Vancouver’s – and BC.’s – unprecedented interest in all things brewed has Craft Beer Revolution, a 10-month-old tome that is an absolute must-read for anyone who passes on beer at Canucks games because it’s exactly what they’re pouring at Leafs games. Long-time Victoria-based beer writer Joe Wiebe, presents a perfect book for this time and place – equal parts history lesson, exhaustive travel guide and straight-up expert opinion.
This is a book to tuck into your pocket and explore with, either for the afternoon or a B.C. vacation. The geographical organization is well designed and the pages read like a magazine, making it easy to consume in a quick glance or a longer browse. Nice touches like must-sips in each region and pub crawls by foot will have you packing this little guide along with your keys and wallet.
Wiebe has not only impressed local hop heads with his first book, but the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, an international competition described as having “the objective of increasing knowledge of food and drink culture around the world,” as well. Revolution is now a finalist for the Best Beer Book in the World, with the winner being announced next month in Beijing.
Of course, the book is missing a good half-dozen of the high-profile breweries that have opened since its release, but Wiebe is planning to issue an update early next year; $19.95 craftbeerrevolution.ca.