Read Sections: Drinks: Enjoying, choosing, storing, serving, and appreciating wines, beers, cocktails, spirits, aperitifs, liquers, and ciders by Vincent Gasnier, 2005, 075661323X.
Very nice reference book by DK. I read through the whiskey and beer sections. Covering all the beers, wines, and spirits in the world is likely impossible and the book would be quickly out of date. A very good book for what the author did cover.