Colourful comprehensive, authoritative and interesting..and edited by the late Michael Jackson, this is probably the best overall guide to beer in general on the current market. After brief introductions to brewing and the various beer styles the book launches into the beers and breweries of the great brewing countries. Most of the breweries are there with perhaps a concentration on the smaller more interesting breweries particularly in the emerging countries whose major breweries tend to have been swallowed up by the global fizz merchants. The countries surveyed range from CZ, Germany, Belgium, British Isles then to other countries of Europe, then to the USA and other American countries, Asia & Australia and finally to Africa. Clearly described with excellent colour illustrations in the Dorling Kindersley standard.