“Beer guides — Get your beer guides here”

Have you ever tried to remember the name of favorite craft brew from another city, but couldn’t quite remember what it was, or why you liked it so much?

Do you like to argue the merits of particular beers, and wish you had some info to back you up every now and then?

Would you like a travel size, comprehensive Zagat-like guide to over 2,700 of the best beers the world has to offer? For a reasonable $9.95?

If your answer is yes to any of the three questions above, go to the Boise Co-Op and buy a copy of “The Beer Guide” — edited by RateBeer.com’s long time editor Josh Oakes — for a mere $9.95.

The 296-page ”The Beer Guide,” which fits nicely in a backpack or a backpocket, has short but authoritative descriptions on over 2,700 beers. The descriptions were edited and selected by Oakes from RateBeer.com’s vast archive of public reviews. RateBeer.com has over 30,000 contributing members.

I got a copy of the Beer Guide from Publisher Barry Shlachter at the Great American Beer Festival earlier this month and I can vouch that it’s a great resource. The members of RateBeer.com know their stuff, and Oakes did a great job finding succinct but comprehensive descriptions of the beers.

It also has a handy chapter on beer style descriptions, tasting notes, and food/beer tasting guide.

“The Beer Guide” could earn a permanent place in your bathroom, briefcase, or bartop. It also will make for a good stocking stuffer this Christmas.

Boise Co-Op beer guy Matt Gelsthorpe just got 25 copies of the guide in Tuesday, so if you want a copy, be sure to go get one. Matt said he might be able to order more if they sell out. ”The Beer Guide,” is also available at Amazon.com.