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A call to Brewers Publications

I’m a huge fan of Brewers Publications. The majority of brewing related books that I currently own are produced by them. For those of you unaware, Brewers Publications is the printing arm of the American Homebrewers Association. The titles that they put out are top notch. I’m currently enjoying For the Love of Hops. So what’s the deal?

I’m a big proponent of technology and it bothers me to no end that the vast majority of their books are not available to read on my Kindle. The Kindle, and other devices like it, make reading so much easier for me. I can carry dozens of books with me at any time all on the same device. They have a search functions so that I can easy find what I need. I can highlight, make notes, and archive anything else that I need right on the device. My eye sight is pretty good, but I like having the option to change the text size and line spacing.

Most of the reading that I get done happens when I am on the treadmill. Books just don’t work for me as I lose my spot often and changing pages is a pain. I usually bring my Kindle or iPad with me and read while running and listening to music. I just wish that I could do that with some of my beer books.

I also find that the cost of a digital book is lower than an actual book. It makes sense since nothing is physical made or sent. May homebrewers are also environmentally conscious, so the idea of not “wasting” paper and saving delivery emissions is enticing. I’m familiar with the process of making an eBook or ePub document and it really isn’t very hard once you have all of the material done.

So, Brewers Publications can you please start releasing your books in both physical and digital formats? You already do it with Zymurgy it’s time to start doing it with your books.


Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

It’s the day before Christmas and you forgot to get your favorite beer lover a present. Amazon ships quickly, but not that quick. So what do you do? Here are a few last minute gift ideas for the beer lover. One quick note, none of the links given are sponsored in any way (even via affiliate programs).

Sitting at home

Don’t want to leave your keyboard, me neither. Here are some easy gifts to get people from the comfort of your own home:

  • American Homebrewers Association membership: ($38) It’s good for brewers and non-brewers alike. With the brewpub discount program, you could be saving your favorite beer lover a good chunk of change while promoting craft beer
  • Magazine Subscriptions: ($16-$23) I often enjoy reading about beer and learning about what is going on in the industry. There are a number of magazines out there for beer drinkers and brewers. They are inexpensive and easy to give.
  • Beer eBooks: ($0-$30) I love my Kinlde so I have a bunch of beer eBooks for it. The prices range from free up to $30 or so. You do not need a Kindle to read eBooks. If someone you know has an computer, tablet, or smartphone, they can read Kindle books. All you need to know is their email address if you are ordering off of Amazon.
  • Gift Cards: There are a number of homebrew shops that offer gift cards. Either support your local homebrew shop or use the big online retailers like Midwest Supplies or Northern Brewer.

Going out

If the online thing is not your last minute dig, here are some physical options:

  • Beer: Go out to the store and grab a six pack of craft beer. Better yet, get one of those sweet gift sets that come with appropriate glassware.
  • Homebrew Shop: Head over to your local homebrew shop and pick up something nice. Most shops will have all of the items I mentioned in the online section. They will also have enough equipment and/or ingredients to keep someone you love very happy.
  • Brewpub: If there is a brewpub in your area stop by and ask if they have gift card or mug club options.