American Craft Beer Promotes Distilled Knowledge
Thursday October 06, 2016

American Craft Beer Promotes Distilled Knowledge

American Craft Beer promotes Distilled Knowledge: The Science Behind Drinking's Greatest Myths, Facts, and Unanswered Questions on their blog.

"Playfully detailed and solidly researched, this myth-breaking opus whimsically takes the reader from the arcane particulars of fermentation, distillation and aging… to the science behind drunkenness and the truth about hangovers. Lighthearted, yet based in the most serious science, Distilled Knowledge is a terrific read for those of us who have a “thirst for knowledge” and a penchant for the drinking life."

The blog post is available here: Good Books - Distilled Knowledge


Distilled Knowledge

The Science Behind Drinking’s Greatest Myths, Legends, and Unanswered Questions


A charming, uproarious exploration of the scientific answers to our most timeless questions about drinks and drinking

The world is full of questions, myths, and half-truths about drinking. Beer before liquor, never sicker? Should you drink the hair of the dog that bit you?

These questions usually have hilarious answers, but more often than not, the old wives’ tales and wild guesses of bartenders (and –goers alike) drown them out. For the first time in one volume, Distilled Knowledge compiles all the major points of discussion and disputation—with the science to either back them up or knock them down.

Cocktail historian and instructor Brian D. Hoefling’s pithy, conversational text is divided into two parts. The first, “What Hits the Glass,” discusses the ins and outs of fermentation, distillation, aging, and mixing—even solving the age-old conundrum between “shaken” and “stirred.” The second section, “What Hits the Body,” deals with the after-effects of alcohol on the human body, answering a wide range of questions on intoxication, social lubrication, and hangovers.

Readers will receive a complete and comical education through this attractive volume, which features clear, cheeky illustrations throughout. Complete with cross-references, scientific appendices, and a full index, the easily digestible entries are robust enough to put an end to any barroom dispute. A compulsively readable book, Distilled Knowledge is as funny as it is factual and will delight cocktail enthusiasts, beer aficionados, and those who love a good bit of trivia.

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