What is the Best Book for doing American ale styles? The books I have are either dated or directed to English styles.
Kinda hard to say? Do you want just a recipe book? What have you already got?
I don't know of any one book that emphasizes strictly American styles, but Drew's book has more than most and some are compilations of well known brews. One in particular that I like and it can be difficult to find at times is a clone(?) recipe for Old Rasputin.
Seriously, Drew you did a Great Job! I'm tearing through it between mowing the yard and readying for tomorrows brew session. IMO... this book should be read as a primer to JP's book. The way you wrote it, a lot of the mystery involved with water chemistry is removed so anyone can understand it more thoroughly... short and sweet... to the point. I can read it without my eye's glassing over or becoming lethargic and thats always Good. There are ingredients mentioned in this book that you will only read in wine making books, yet they can be used in brewing beer... good to know also.
I'm glad I bought it, wish you had written it sooner so that I would have bought it first. Two Thumbs Up!