Beer is a drink as old as mankind—and still a favorite today, with more people than ever appreciating craft brews and unique flavors. Beer Sommelier takes readers on a visually stunning world tour of the beer-making process, presenting principal types from ten various traditions. Through detailed profiles and splendid photos, aficionados will be better able to understand and appreciate the subtle differences that distinguish each style.
Pietro Fontana opened a microbrewery in Monza, Italy, where he is both owner and brewer: Piccolo Opificio Brassicolo del Carrobiolo-FERMENTUM, a member of the Italian cultural association Unionbirrai. Apart from producing sought-after beers, he organizes introductory courses to home brewing and tastings of quality beers. In 2011 and 2013, some of his beers obtained the highest recognition available to Italian brewers, being included in Slowfood's Guida alle birre d'Italia (a guide to Italian beers). In 2014, he extended his brewery, adding a new production area and a brewpub-the first in the city.
Fabio Petroni specializes in portraits and still lifes. He has photographed leading Italian celebrities, and works with top advertising agencies where he handles important Italian brands. His books with White Star include Horses: Master Portraits, Mutt's Life!, Cocktails, Orchids, Tea Sommelier, and Bonsai. He lives in Milan.