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The Brewery in the Bohemian Forest Kindle Edition

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"Part mystery mixed with history, the story has wit, charm, and a bit of suspense, and is thoroughly engaging." --MyCentralJersey.com
 
"A highly recommended read, especially for those interested in Czech beer." --PragueBeerGarden.com
 
"A fascinating read, part narrative essay, part memoir." --DCBeer.com

From the Author

When I meet people, they usually ask me two things: 
  • What's the best Czech brewery? 
and 
  • What's Anthony Bourdain really like? 
In part, I wrote this story in response to those two questions. But I have a second, slightly secret goal with this piece: I wanted to make the Czech Republic's beer culture -- one of the most important brewing traditions in the world, albeit largely unknown outside of Bohemia -- a bit more familiar to English speakers. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • File Size: 1024 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KRPY4GE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Evan Rail is the author of three Kindle Singles: "Why We Fly: The Meaning of Travel in a Hyperconnected Age," "In Praise of Hangovers" and "Why Beer Matters," a Kindle Singles bestseller. His writing on food and travel appears regularly in the New York Times, and in such anthologies as "The New York Times Book of Wine," "Travelers' Tales" and "Best Food Writing." His poems and translations have appeared in the New Republic, Poetry Review, Agni and Zyzzyva, among other publications, and he regularly reviews books about food and drink for the Times Literary Supplement (TLS). He lives in Prague.

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Evan Rail always takes us on interesting little journeys with his writings, and this is likely the best yet. His account of his investigation into a tiny brewery producing outstanding beer in a quiet corner of the Czech Republic deftly communicates his enthusiasm for the find, as well as his frustrations along the way. The story is enriched with insights into beer brewing as well as Czech history and culture that deepen the tale. (It's well worth consulting the included glossary to expand on these insights. A perusal of the glossary makes a second reading of the story even richer.) As the story unfolds the reader also gets a glimpse of the life of a travel writer and its challenges, as well as what it's like when Anthony Bourdain comes to town.
Of course, beer enthusiasts will enjoy this narrative, but if one holds any interest in travel in general or in the Czech Republic specifically- which is well worth pursuing- this small literary snapshot is a fine offering.
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Evan Rail explains that he is often asked 1) what is the best Czech brewery and 2) what is Anthony Bourdain really like? This entertaining little book is his response. There is a plethora of knowledgeable people writing, blogging and talking about beer these days. I read widely on the subject, and I have yet to find anyone who writes in such a rich, literary style as Rail. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of his gorgeous prose.

There were a couple of things about the book that threw me off a bit. From the opening sentence, Rail hooks the reader into the story of his visits to the small, somewhat mystical brewery in the woods. The Bourdain portion is interesting, but it pulls the reader’s attention away from what had been the focus. Once the Bourdain tale is over, it’s back to the original story. The second thing was that I anticipated—would have liked—a different resolution to a particular matter. (No more explanation to avoid a spoiler.)

Rail definitely knows beer, Czech in particular, well. The glossary he provides is quite helpful. Even a reader with little beer knowledge can enjoy this book.
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Everything Evan writes is worth reading, and with Beer Trails he has reached new heights. One thing that really comes through in Evan's prose is his sheer passion for the brewery, its history, and their products. You can't help but get the feeling that Evan thoroughly enjoyed writing this book, such passion for the subject makes the book an absolute delight to read. I may have mentioned this in my review of Evan's last eBook, but reading his work is almost like being sat in the pub with him, talking about beer, from that perspective it is clear to me that Evan is a writer with a clear, authentic, and unforced, voice.
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So I grabbed the above e-book and read it over two consecutive quick lunches. It's very brief (60ish pages) and raises about as many questions as it answers. Decently well written, fun sort of travelogue that chronicles several trips to the Kout brewery over a span of years. You won't learn a lot about the beer itself, other than that you want to drink it, but the tone and writing style are enjoyable in making you feel like you've been. Frankly there is very little written about this sort of thing and it's nice to have a first hand account. All told, worth your $3 if you have an interest in mysterious Czech forest beers and the men who brew it.
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