Get Ready: 5 Fall Beer and Cocktail Books

Fall brings many things we look forward to: turning leaves, baking more at home, soups and casseroles, the changing light. And yes, a few new spirited books. This fall in particular, there will be dozens of great releases on wine, beer, and cocktails. Here are a few that we're particularly excited about. Do note that a couple are available to purchase now while others you'll have to wait for. So without further ado:

1) The Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by Garrett Oliver
This book is a must for all beer-lovers as it's really the first major reference book investigating the history of beer. It features more than 1,000 entries written by 166 of the world's most prominent beer experts. Part encyclopedia, part coffee-table book (with over 140 images), it covers everything from farming to brewing to the cultural shifts and politics behind it all.

To buy: The Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by Garrett Oliver. $39, Amazon.

2) The American Cocktail by the editors of Imbibe Magazine
It's about time someone wrote a cocktail book that was geared towards both bartenders and serious cocktail aficionados and that home entertainers could relate to. Here you'll find fifty recipes that bartenders across the country have contributed -- classic cocktails and modern twists on drinks your grandparents probably once enjoyed. Along with the recipes, there's a small peek into the history behind each.

To buy: The American Cocktail, eds. Imbibe Magazine. $13.57, Amazon

3) Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All by Brad Thomas Parsons
We're excited about this exploration of the history of bitters, from the Prohibition era to today's old-school cocktail bars. It includes cocktail recipes and formulas, and with Parson's background and insider's knowledge in spirits and bitters, we're pretty sure this one's going to be good.

To buy: Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All by Brad Thomas Parsons. $16.50, Amazon.

4) I'm so Happy It's Happy Hour: Sinfully Delicious Cocktails for Any Occasion by Anne Taintor
You probably know Anne Taintor from her cheeky, vintage-inspired artwork but she can also mix up one stiff cocktail. In this book, she pairs simple and delicious cocktails along with her humorous collages. Each one is renamed to reflect her playful side, with cocktails such as the Absinthe Minded, Gin and Sin, and Pillow Talk. A fun, less serious take on cocktails.

To buy: I'm So Happy It's Happy Hour: Sinfully Delicious Cocktails for Any Occasion by Anne Taintor. $9.85, Amazon

5) The Great American Ale Trail by Christian de Benedetti
In this book, Christian de Benedetti gets to show off his immense knowledge of American brewery. He profiles 1800 commercial breweries around the country and explores the stories of people living within 10 miles of each. So in addition to learning about great new craft breweries, you'll also discover personal stories that comprise the landscape of our nation. Beer, great people, road trips, new sights: a good combination, for sure.

To buy: The Great American Ale Trail by Christian de Benedetti. $12.38, Amazon.

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