Lager - it's both the world's most loved and most maligned of beers, enjoyed by billions the world over but often sneered at by beer aficionados. But lager is much more than just generic brands. The history of styles of lager around the world is a fascinating one, full of urban myth and legend.
Did you know pilsner's forebears were spawned by industrial espionage (involving syringes in umbrellas to steal yeast samples)? Or that the world-famous Louis Pasteur played a huge role in ensuring the improvement of brewing standards, especially in lager, just too annoy his German neighbours? Or that the best-selling lager in the world is 'yellow Snow'?
In The Little Book of Lager, award-winning beer writer, Melissa Cole, takes you through a fun and informative romp around the world of lager and the surprising array of different styles. The book covers over 50 different lagers and takes you from the fun and frivolities of Oktoberfest to the recent rise in craft lager. Full of nuggets of trivia, fun facts, what to eat with each type and where to find them (or something that you'll enjoy equally), it's designed to reignite people's passion for an underrated beer style.
Award-winning writer, Melissa Cole, is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's leading beer and food experts.
Renowned for her insightful and engaging writing style, sense of humour and ability to translate complicated beer jargon into something everyone can understand.
From judging beer competitions from Amsterdam to Rio and Denver to Dublin - to brewing with some of the world's most respected breweries like Fuller's, Odell and Goose Island - she is also sought after by restaurants like the world-famous St John to help construct beer lists.
She writes regularly for all the main food and drink titles, as well as being a well-known face on the food festival circuit and regularly quoted in the national press.