Raise a glass to three books brimming with information about favorite beverages.
Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer (Harper Business) by William Knoedelseder is the family saga — filled with both success and tragedy — of five generations of the Busch dynasty and the corporation they built and lost.
The Curious World of Wine: Facts, Legends, and Lore About the Drink We Love So Much (Perigee) by Richard Vine is a quirky miscellany of juicy wine facts: Touching wineglasses to toast, for example, originally was a way to splash a bit into each other's glasses to avoid being poisoned.
To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion (Perigee) by Philip Greene is a fascinating look at the many drinks associated with the author and his books, with such recipes as Death in the Afternoon: absinthe and Champagne.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor