If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book about beer, which book would it be?

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    While beer is inherently a subjective matter and we should give leeway in the questions here, this feels like an altogether subjective question. I can see this being rephrased to cover a certain ground or topic, but answer a question this broad will certainly differ from many people's, and there isn't really a "correct" answer. – object88 Feb 6 '14 at 1:46
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    I must, unfortunately, agree. We have some leeway in constructing the rules of our little Stack Exchange, but on of the high-level rules for all SEs is to avoid opinion questions like "what's your favorite book on X." – Fishtoaster Feb 6 '14 at 2:04
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    As an addendum, I'd love to chat about exactly this topic on the beer.SE Beer, Wine & Spirits Chat room with anyone interested. :) – Fishtoaster Feb 6 '14 at 2:04

Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher is by far the most valuable beer book I've ever read. It covers the styles you'll encounter, the flavors, the technology, the history, the science, and more. I was a fairly knowledgeable beer enthusiast when I read it, but I wish I'd read it ten years earlier. If I had, it would have increased my enjoyment of getting to know beer ten-fold by increasing my understanding of what I was drinking.

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