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New books for the beer enthusiast

The Audacity of HopsHere are 10 recently released books we think any beer enthusiast would be happy to find under the tree (OK, nine you can buy now and the tenth does have recipes for a homebrewer, but we’re sure it’s worth the wait and will be enjoyed by beer lovers as well as brewers):

- The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution

- Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

- The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

- The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries

- The Pocket Beer Guide: The Essential Handbook to the Very Best Beers in the World

- The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers: An All-Excess Pass to Brewing’s Outer Limits

- California Breweries North

- Craft Beer World

- Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana

- And due out Jan. 1: The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800 to 1950

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Keeping your cool

Cool-brewingfermentation coolerIt’s always a sad day when a beer doctor suggests to a homebrewer that her or his beer might be “fermentably challenged.”

The Cool Brewing Fermentation Cooler works much more effectively to keep fermentation temperatures from soaring, and thus ruining a batch, than swamp coolers or other homemade coolers.

It is designed specifically to accommodate standard 5-gallon and 6.5-gallon fermentation buckets and carboys, and is built to hold ice packs, ice, or anything cold (such a frozen-2-liter jugs) and 100 percent waterproof. It costs $56 plus shipping.

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Jewelry fit for a Hop Queen

Hop Queen Whole Leaf Hop Pendant NecklaceThe Etsy store bin52 offers accessories made by a homebrewer for homebrewers and craft beer lovers. All pieces are made with real grains and hops.

The “Hop Queen Whole Leaf Hop Pendant Necklace” is pictured here.

A search at Etsy using the word beer will return more than 60,000 options, so you might want to include a second words, such as hops, ornament, earring or . . . use your imagination.

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Beer Hunter: The Movie

Beer Hunter: The MovieThe straightforward description at IMBD simply states: “Beer Hunter’ is a documentary film about the beloved and influential beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson. His books on beer and whiskey have sold millions of copies, and his 1993 Discovery Channel television series, ‘The Beer Hunter,’ inspired countless brewers and beer enthusiasts and literally helped shape the course of the craft brewing revolution sweeping the world. This is an intimate look into Michael’s life, through rare footage from his travels combined with current interviews with the world’s leading brewers and beer writers.”

But there is much more to “Beer Hunter.” Filmmaker J.R. Richards shares footage he shot in the years before Jackson died in 2007. He also collected tributes from members of the brewing industry that make Jackson’s influence all the more apparent. And he dug up vintage film from Jackson’s early days of beer hunting. All of it makes great viewing. [Details about the movie and ordering a DVD.]

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Hydro Flask: A high end growler

Hydro FlaskWe’re well aware that there’s been plenty of debate in the beer world about the good, the bad and the occasionally ugly of beer growlers. What’s obvious is that if you invest in your own you should take good care of it, keep it clean and remember to drink you beer in a timely way.

With a suggested retail price of $49.99, Hydro Flask Growlers are definitely high end, both in look and feel. Hydro Flask makes containers in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 12 ounces to 64, the largest intended to keep beer in better shape than the standard glass growlers used by most brewpubs.

Hydro Flask states its containers will keep cold liquids chilled for up to 24 hours and hot liquids steaming for 12 hours. They are cast from double wall vacuum insulated food grade 18/8 stainless steel, BPA-Free and resistant to bacteria and odors.

The growlers are available with a stainless finish, a Black Butte powder finish, or in copper brown.

Details.

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