I waited a long time for this book and it didn't disappoint. It's the second book in the Brewing Elements Series, yeast has already been done and water is in the pipeline. And to think I don't get paid for writing this stuff.
As I've been doing a lot of research on hops myself recently I know the information isn't easy to find and books can be both old and expensive. So I have no hesitation in saying a new book of over 300 pages is really a must.
Hop breeders and brewers from all the major areas have been consulted and just about everything that would be of interest to a brewer is covered, including hop aroma, hop history, hop growing, hop storage, a variety guide, the various ways hops can be used, and recipes too. Even the Farnham Whitebine gets a brief mention! It's easy to read and everything is covered in detail, except perhaps pellets and products but then they are well covered elsewhere.
There are a few minor typos, but apart from that the only things I'd quibble are English farmers do currently grow male hops and Whitbread Golding Variety is not a landrace.
It may only be January but already there's a strong contender for the Golden Pints 2013!