Books on beer and wine

Recently the library expanded its collection of beer books (as well as BBQ) in memory of former employee Chris Ducko, and there’s a little bit for everyone. If you are curious about beer, a guide to all things beer and the many games that go along with it is available. If you enjoy food and grilling, Chef Ted Reader’s companion book tells you how to taste and pair beers. Interested in making your own beer? We’ve got you covered with two books that include 100+ recipes. And finally, if beer isn’t your thing, we even added a project book on how to build your own home winery.

The Book of Beer Awesomeness

A Champion’s Guide to Amazing Beer Activities, Party Skills, and More than Fifty Drinking Games by Ben Applebaum


The Art of Grillin’ & Chillin’ by Ted Reader

Brewing British-style Beers

More than 100 Thirst Quenching Pub Recipes to Brew at Home by Dave Line

Extreme Brewing

An Introduction to Brewing Craft Beer at Home by Sam Calagione

The Homebuilt Winery

43 Projects for Building and Using Winemaking Equipment by Steve Hughes

We were able to purchase these books due to the generosity of the family of the much-beloved former Building Manager, Chris Ducko. In the coming weeks look for more posts on this topic, including a guide to beer and brewing in the Princeton area, and a full listing of all books at the library related to beer and brewing!

About the author: Ben Bakelaar is the Library Systems Administrator and has been exploring craft beer as well as brewing his own beer since 2008. He currently runs a homebrewer’s meetup at Harvest Moon in New Brunswick, NJ, is a contributing blogger to, a homebrew supply store in North Brunswick, NJ, and occasionally volunteers at the Harvest Moon brewery.

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