Let’s Make Beer


Come check out Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s newest additions of books on the subject of home brewing and be sure to attend Let’s Make Beer on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 7pm–8pm in Marvin Auditorium 101BC.

The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver

The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver is a brand new book that was recently added to the library. I mostly reserved it to take home to my husband, a home brewer and beer enthusiast, and he just could not believe how massive it is! It seriously covers just about every subject you have ever wanted to know about beer and then some and would almost liken it to a beer encyclopedia. This will definitely be a book we refer to again and again as we delve deeper into the world of brewing.

Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beer and Brewers Leading the world’s Craft Brewing Revolution by Joshua M. Bernstein

Outside of being designed well, Brewed Awakenings is a great book full of nice photography that describes not only how to brew, but Bernstein also recommends different styles of beer and brands to try out while exploring the wide variety available. Let’s face it, it can be a little daunting, but this will help make it seem easier when trying your first stout (I’m told all the time my taste is odd or “manly!” I’m not sure what to think about that!). So you have the ingredients, different varieties, history, seasonal beers, different packaging, how to make your own, and then of course how to store and also enjoy your new discoveries all in one little package. I highly recommend checking this out from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library!

 He Said Beer, She Said Wine by Sam Calagione and Marnie Old

Okay, this is not a brand new book now is it incredibly new to the collection, but what I love about it is the fact that it provides recipes and them gives pairings for both beer and wine. This would make a great source for a date night when you maybe want to try a little of both or perhaps your significant other really does not like beer. This is a great place to start! The photos really grab your attention and I like how the different sections are organized. Come grab this and see what you think!

If that is not enough for you, please come to Let’s Make Beer Tuesday April 24, 2012 7PM–8PM in Marvin Auditorium 101BC where local home brewers from the Greater Topeka Hall of Foamers come and talk to us about making beer! Share what types of beers you like to try and where in Topeka you find them. Leave a comment below – I would love to hear from you!



Erin Seeger

I am the Lawn & Garden and Cooking Neighborhood Librarian who also leads the "Bean There, Read That" book discussion for folks in their 20s and 30s, facilitates the "Master Gardener" series, and the "Cooking by the Book" series at Garfield Community Center.

  • gmarchant

    If we are making beer seriously I am their!

  • Erin Seeger

    While we will not be making any that night, the group will have a great discussion on how to make it at home. They are fun and last time we had a great crowd!

  • Chad

    So is this meeting aimed toward new brewers or people contemplating starting to home brew? I just started home brewing a little over a year ago myself so I’m still a newbie.

  • jeff

    Sounds like a fun night! I will try my best to make it.

  • Erin Seeger

    Chad, this is for both groups of people. When we had the program back in September, the guys talked about what beer is, the type of equipment you’ll use, and then how to get started. But afterwards, there was plenty of time for talking, questions, and I know for a fact that many who showed up had a wide range of experience. I still learned a lot information and my husband has been brewing for a couple of years now. I hope this answers your question! The group will provide information on their monthly meetings they hold at Blind Tiger’s annex.

    Jeff, I hope you’re able to make it! If not, keep your eyes open for future programs.