Gone are the days when a cold beer was the drink reserved for ballparks and frat parties. Today, microbreweries around the globe are proving that beer is every bit as complex and sophisticated as wine. Their creations range from delicate champagne beers to extreme strength concoctions that are more akin to whisky and port. With names as varied as their flavors -- try Death & Taxes, Knuckle Sandwich or Golden Monkey on for size--these elusive libations are changing the way the world views the humble brewski. In Boutique Beer, bestselling author and renowned beer connoisseur Ben McFarland scours the globe to showcase 500 of the world's most exciting premium ales. From American craft brewers and ale-making European nations to the fresh new crop of brewers across Japan, Scandinavia and Australia, McFarland puts his extensive knowledge to work to offer the reader-- An in-depth look at the ingredients and brewing process for each beer as well as an assessment of appearance, aroma, flavor and finish Advice on storage and ageing, ideal drinking temperature, and correct glassware Tips for selecting which beers to pair with different foods Listings of key breweries and places to visit for the best craft beer experience A detailed exploration of the various types of ales including barrel aged, barley wines, pilsners, lagers, and more Discerning beer drinkers of all levels will find Boutique Beer to be an essential guide to the world's most distinctive ales as well as the people, personalities and the inspiration behind them.