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Our favorite beer books of 2010 make for good gifts and even better snowy-day reading.

BEER IS PROOF GOD LOVES US
Beer scholar Charles Bamforth’s quest for beer’s soul starts in an English pub and ends in Davis, Calif.; the poignant tales in between restore readers’ (and the author’s) faith in the power of brew. FT Press, $26

BREWING WITH WHEAT
DRAFT contributor Stan Hieronymus’ global hunt for the secrets of weizens and wits leaves you awestruck, jealous and thirsty at the same time. Brewers Publications, $18

CLONE BREWS
The perfect gift for any wannabe brewer, this guide divulges 200 dead-ringer recipes for beers like Magic Hat No. 9, Anchor Steam and Long Trail Ale developed by husband-and-wife homebrewing team Mark and Tess Szamatulski. Storey, $19

TRUE BREW
Author Rita T. Kohn uncovers Indiana’s surprisingly robust, community-driven brewing industry by collecting stories from figures such as Lafayette Brewing’s Greg Emig and homebrew supply store Great Fermentations’ Anita Johnson. Indiana University Press, $20

1001 BEERS YOU MUST TASTE BEFORE YOU DIE
You may never make it to Mozambique for a pint of Laurentina Preta, but this bucket list of brew—reviewed by noted beer writers like Pete Brown and Randy Mosher—keeps the dream alive. Universe, $37

 

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