The Craft of Stone Brewing Company
Greg Koch and Steve Wagner
Stone Brewing founders Greg Koch and Gary Wagner put this book together to commemorate Stone Brewing’s 25th anniversary. As a commemorative book it does not dwell on all the trials and tribulations of creating and running a brewery. An introductory section, about one third of the book covers the nature of beer, how it is made, the history of beer and the story of Stone Brewing. Another third of the book tells the story of the individual beers released by Stone. The final third covers how to serve and cellar beer, how to pair beer and food, provides a selection of recipes from the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, and provides several home brew recipes for popular Stone brews. The section on serving, tasting, and pairing beer is especially good. Throughout the book the authors let various characters and personalities at Stone speak for themselves in sidebars and these help transmit the Brewery's personality. The authors' – especially Greg Koch’s – insights into the state of craft brewing and various beer issues are interesting and if you are a home brewer, the recipes are probably worth the cost of the book. This is the kind of book that you would buy when visiting the brewery and leans towards being a marketing piece. This book does not have the depth of information on founding a business and making it happen that several other craft brewers have written. If that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere. The stories of each individual beer that Stone ever made will probably grow old quickly for all but the most diehard Stone fans.