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Brew Better Beer

Learn (and Break) the Rules for Making IPAs, Sours, Pilsners, Stouts, and More

Emma Christensen


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In this colorful homebrewing guide, The Kitchn’s Emma Christensen gives you the keys to the brewery. Start out by mastering the basic styles, like A Very Good IPA and A Very Good Porter, then move on to inspired variations such as Centennial Dry-Hopped Double IPA, Campari IPA, and Smokey Chipotle Porter to discover which flavors, infusions, hops, and yeasts work best with each ale and lager. Want to brew a signature beer with your own personal stamp? Go wild with the “Make It Yours” suggestions and try tossing anything from cherries to chai spices into your brew.

This handy manual also dives deep into the mechanics of brewing all-extract, partial-extract, and all-grain brews, and includes a big, beautiful photographic guide to brewing beer so you can see exactly how each step is done. You can brew small 1-gallon batches, perfect for apartment brewers and low-risk experimentation, or brew 5 gallons and have enough to share with all your friends. You’ll also be introduced to up-and-coming beer trends like rye malts, barrel-aging at home, sour beers, gluten-free beers, and Old World beer styles.

Filled with inspiring recipes like Riding Lawn Mower Pale Ale, Maple Cider Dubbel, Finnish Juniper Rye Sahti Ale, Figgy Pudding British Barleywine, and Farmers’ Market Gruit, Christensen’s accessible approach will have you brewing better beer in no time.

Praise For Brew Better Beer: Learn (and Break) the Rules for Making IPAs, Sours, Pilsners, Stouts, and More

“Armed with Emma Christensen’s clear, concise, and thorough guide, cooking up a world-class IPA, summer-friendly saison, or salty-tart gose is as simple as strolling to the store to snag a six-pack.”
—Joshua M. Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakening and The Complete Beer Course
“From grain to glass, Emma has done a heroic job of demystifying and evangelizing the homebrewing process. To any and all aspiring brewers, I highly recommend this book!” 
—Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewer

Ten Speed Press, 9781607746317, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

About the Author

EMMA CHRISTENSEN is the recipe editor for the popular homecooking website The Kitchn (, and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A former beer reviewer for the Columbus Dispatch, she is a dedicated home-brewer
always eager for the chance to nerd out about fermentation. Emma lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit