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Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros

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Pair beer and food like a pro with Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros (Voyageur Press) by Julia Herz and Gwen Conley with foreword by Randy Mosher, on-sale December 1, 2015. Beer has re-claimed its place at the dinner table. Yet unlike wine, there just aren’t many in-depth resources to guide both beginners and beer geeks for pairing beer with food. Julia and Gwen are here to change that.

As you start your journey, you’ll learn all about the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor. Begin with beer styles, start with your favorite foods, or join the authors on a series of wild palate trips. From classics like barbecue ribs with American Brown Ale to unusual matches like pineapple upside-down cake with Imperial India Pale Ale, you’ll learn why some pairings stand the test of time and you’ll find plenty of new ideas as well.

Beer Pairing includes info for planning beer dinners and cooking with beer, geek-out science features and tips from industry pros including:

  • Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery
  • Ray Isle, Executive wine editor of Food & Wine Magazine
  • Dr. Nicole Garneau, Chair of Health Sciences at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Steve Parkes, Owner of Drop-In Brewery and American Brewers Guild
  • Fred Bueltmann, Owner of New Holland Brewing Company
  • Chef Adam Dulye, Executive Chef for the Brewer’s Association and
  • Lucy Saunders, Author and Professor at the Siebel Institute of Technology

About the Authors

Julia Herz is the Craft Beer Program Director at the Brewers Association and Publisher of She has been featured by NPR’s Splendid Table, The Food Network’s Unwrapped, CNBC’s Closing Bell, ABC’s Good Morning America Live and numerous other national media outlets. She also is a BJCP beer judge, Certified Cicerone®, and homebrewer. She tweets about beer as @HerzMuses.

Gwen Conley is the Director of Brewery Production and Quality at Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, Calif., one of the most highly regarded and award-winning breweries in the United States. Previously, she has worked as Quality Assurance and Sensory Director at Flying Dog Brewery and as a Flavor Panel Leader for Ball Packaging Corporation. In a previous life, she was a microbiologist, environmental chemist, and biology teacher. She is a veteran judge at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and an instructor for the American Brewer’s Guild and the University of California, San Diego, Brewer’s Certificate Program. She tweets about beer as @SensoryGoddess.

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros by Julia Herz and Gwen Conley | Voyageur Press | December 1, 2015 | $25.00 US · $30.00 CAN | 216 pages | Hardcover ISBN: 9780760348437.

For more information, or to request a review copy of the book or an interview, please contact Lydia Finn at 978-282-3582 or

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