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Ted Child

Ted Child is a Recognized BJCP Beer Judge and award-winning homebrewer. He is also What's Brewing's in-house book reviewer. Look for his assessments of the latest beer books and publications in each issue.


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Beeronomics: How Beer Explains The World

By Ted Child
  • January 15, 2019
I long for beer books like this that don’t just detail how history affected beer, but talk about how beer affected history. The authors argue that “Beer has shaped the trajectory of Western civilization more than most political philosophers might like to admit."
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Books In Review: My Beer Year by Lucy Burningham

By Ted Child
  • October 16, 2017
My Beer Year would be perfect reading for those thinking of taking the Cicerone or BJCP exam, or like me, have just finished. Even better, I think, would be those in the beer vortex of studying who might be able to convince themselves that this book still qualifies as studying or who just need a break from style guidelines.
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National Geographic Atlas of Beer

By Ted Child
  • October 8, 2017
Christmas has come early for beer travelers in the form of National Geographic’s Atlas of Beer. Make sure your passport is in order before you crack this book, as it’s Ph.D authors explore beer in a way only National Geographic can. This book will ignite your love of the strange, local oddities of beer around the world, whether it be Curitiba’s Bodebrown Wee Heavy, Osaka’s Yuzu Ale, South Africa’s “original craft beer” Umqombothi, Tanzania’s banana beer Mbege, or even Atacama’s fog beer.
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