"Mikkeller's Book of Beer: Includes 25 Original Mikkeller Brewing Recipes" by Mikkel Borg Bjergs and Pernille Pang (Jacqui Small, $29.99) — A beer geek hero and one of the pioneers of "phantom brewing," Mikkel Borg Bjergs is the founder of the Danish brewery Mikkeller, beer bars in Copenhagen and San Francisco, and beer shops around the world. His "Book of Beer" is part autobiography, part guidebook, and part how-to manual, with recipes for home brewers who want to get serious about all-grain brewing. Lurking behind all the beer talk, though, is the fascinating tale of his identical and estranged twin brother, Jeppe, of the Brooklyn-based phantom brewing company, Evil Twin.
"Speed Brewing: Techniques and Recipes for Fast-Fermenting Beers, Ciders, Meads, and More" by Mary Izett (Voyageur Press, $19.99) — The subtitle says it all. And strange as it sounds at first, alcoholic beverages have been fermented fast during many periods of history and in many countries all over the world with reliable and even exciting results. Izett offers brewing insights and recipes for all sorts of styles, including session IPA, gose with smoked salt, short mead, city cider, and even more exotic drinks, such as kombucha, kefir, boozy buch and mauby. There's also an overview of basic techniques and equipment useful for brewing beginners.