This is the book for everyone who wants to be a beer expert or at least sound like one. Warm, funny and elegantly written, it just might change your life. Far-ranging in scope and written with wit and charm, this guide provides a global perspective on one of the world's most ancient and popular beverages, including how it is made, how to serve and taste it, where to find the best, and what foods to serve with it. With tongue in cheek, the author examines beer's historic connections to the Crusades, the Hundred Years War, and modern-day soccer riots. He also candidly discusses the effects of alcohol on the body and the brain.