Dick Cantwell’s Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale

A new book by Brewers Publications called Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale may be destined to be a new must read addition to everyone’s beer library. Written by PNW beer legend Dick Cantwell, Brewing Eclectic IPA promises to be the most up to date guide to the world’s most popular craft beer style, from its evolution to how to design a great IPA, and even features 25 original recipes. Pre-orders are now available on amazon.com ahead of the books release on June 7th.

As a primer, or just a great addition, I also recommend Mitch Steele’s IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale, and for a more consumer read on IPAs, check out Joshua Bernstein’s recent Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer.

More on Brewing Eclectic IPA, the book, from the press release:

The Brewers Association reports that IPA is now the third most popular style of all beers, following only American lagers and light lagers. IPA has 3.1 percent of the total beer market by volume, 6.4 percent in retail dollar sales, and is between 24 – 33 percent of the craft category.

“There’s no mistaking that we are living in the heyday of IPA,” declares Cantwell. “We’re enjoying a style of beer that would have been deemed undrinkable by its earlier 18th and 19th century consumers. Brewers are using a wide range of ingredients, from cocoa nibs, coffee, fruits, and vegetables, to spices, herbs, and even wood, to push the boundaries of the style.”

Among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers in the world, Cantwell provides scores of tips and methods for first-time brewers and beer veterans alike to concoct a delectable brew and shares the story of how and why the proliferation of American IPA came to be.

Dick Cantwell co-founded Elysian Brewing Company in 1996, where he served as head brewer until its sale to Anheuser-Busch in 2015. During his tenure, Elysian was named Large Brewpub of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival® (1999, 2003 and 2004). In 2004, Cantwell received the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing.

He has written for various beer magazines, authored Barley Wine with Fal Allen (Brewers Publications, 1998), The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition (Brewers Publications, 2013), andWood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide (Brewers Publications, 2016) with Peter Bouckaert.

Cantwell, who has served as an international and national beer judge, as well as the Brewers Association’s Quality Ambassador, recently became the director of brewing operations at Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco.

Brewers Publications supports the mission of the Brewers Association by publishing books of enduring value for amateur and professional brewers, as well as titles that promote understanding and appreciation of American craft beer. With over 50 titles to choose from, it’s the leading publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers, homebrewers and beer enthusiasts.

For more information or to request a review copy of Brewing Eclectic IPA, please visit BrewersPublications.com.

Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale

ISBN: 978-1-938469-46-6

Cover Price: $19.95

Publication Date: June 4, 2018

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