True beer nerds pride themselves on their beer and brewing knowledge, or their “beer IQs.” The best way to boost your beer IQ is to drink lots of different kinds of beer and then learn why certain styles taste the way they do and how they’re made. TotalWine.com’s “Total Guide to Beer” is a great place to start, or continue, your quest for true beer understanding. It’s packed with great information on beer styles, the history of beer, beer glassware, cellaring and aging beer, and much more. And the price sure is right: Free.
I’ve read through most of the guide, and I’ve found it to be quite valuable. You can view TotalWine.com’s beer guide online in your browser here; iNerds can download an iBook version from iTunes; and technophobes can find paperback versions using this store locator.