Books for Beer Drinkers

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If you’re a self-proclaimed beer lover, here are some books to check out from the library to learn more about your favorite beverage:

Beeronomics: How Beer Explains the World by Johan Swinnen & Devin Briski – Examines key developments that have moved the brewing industry forward and explains how strategic taxation and the regulation of beer has played a pivotal role throughout history.

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros by Julia Herz & Gwen Conley – A guide to pairing specific foods with different styles of beer shows the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor, while offering tips on planning beer dinners and cooking with beer.

Brew Your Business: The Ultimate Craft Beer Playbook edited by Karen McGrath, et al. – From 90-minute IPAs to grapefruit sculpins, craft beer and local brewers are making a big splash in the beer scene. With this book, serious craft brewers can learn how to take their best brews to market and newbies can learn the art of craft brewing.

Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer by Joshua M. Bernstein – Showcases the best of each category (from easy-drinking session ales to bitter beers gone wild), profiles the brewers who innovated the sub-styles, and highlights the emerging styles made by today’s most exceptional breweries.

Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer by Randy Mosher – Illustrated with charts and diagrams, introduces steps and techniques for homebrewing beer, covering all elements of the process from selecting ingredients and creating custom flavors to bottling, tasting, and serving.

The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick – Presents the five thousand-year history of beer, from Babylonian temple workers and Nordic shamans to Belgian monks and American patriots, and the author discusses his own attempts to replicate some ancient brews.

The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth – Covers everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of types of beers made, from bitters, sessions, and IPAs to weisses, wits, lambics, and more, and gives beer suggestions based on taste preferences.

Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks by Joshua M. Bernstein – Twelve easy-to-follow lessons explain how to taste, smell, and evaluate beer like an expert, explaining what separates pale ales from IPAs and stouts from brews, and offers tasting suggestions for each type of beer.

CvilleStrong: Affordable Housing

CvilleStrong DiscussionOn Saturday, February 24th, the Central Library launched the new CvilleStrong discussion series. Violent events during the summer of 2017 made visible ongoing inequities in the Charlottesville community. By creating a safe space for conversation,  JMRL intends to foster connections among neighbors.

This opening discussion centered around affordable housing in Charlottesville, within the context of the destruction of Vinegar Hill during urban renewal in the 1960s. The displacement of residents of  this vibrant, largely African-American neighborhood immediately created a need for affordable housing. The current housing market is directly influenced by the policies enacted almost 60 years ago. First, CvilleStrong participants watched a short documentary about Vinegar Hill, That World Is Gone. Next, those in the room spoke with  panelists including former residents of Vinegar Hill, a representative from the Public Housing Association of Residents, as well as representatives from three organizations that focus on issues related to affordable housing: Legal Aid Justice Center, The Charlottesville Low-Income Housing Coalition, and Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless. The lived experiences and professional expertise shared by all led to a very well-informed and deeply personal discussion.

CvilleStrong will return a few times a year. Details on upcoming topics will be posted on and JMRL’s social media accounts.

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Women’s History Month Reads

Every March we celebrate the history of women in the United States and the obstacles they have overcome throughout all aspects of life. Check out some of these female-centric books, written by or about inspiring women:

The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers by Elizabeth Cobbs – In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France to help win World War I where they faced numerous challenges in a war zone where male soldiers resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. Back on the home front, they fought the army for veterans’ benefits and medals, and won.

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Walravens – Profiles the female entrepreneurs staking out a place for themselves in the tech industry, sharing the examples of such innovators as Debbie Sterling, Michelle Phan, and other role models behind the success of women-led tech start-ups.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – The founder of the Nasty Gal fashion e-tailer shares an irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women that explains how to channel personal passion and energy while overcoming insecurities, outlining straightforward advice on doing meaningful work and garnering recognition.

The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It by Joanna Scutts – Presents a cultural history of independent single women from the 1920s to 1950s through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis. Continue reading