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Drinking with George: A Barstool Professional's Guide to Beer Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439149585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439149584
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Actor Wendt is recognized world-wide for his role as Cheers barfly Norm Peterson. In this memoir, Wendt finds plenty of common ground with his televised alter ego, not just in his keen love for beer, but in a talent for funny, affectionate storytelling. Deftly weaving personal anecdote with beer lore, Wendt reminisces on a career built on his work playing a lush, and a personal life also largely defined by beer. Hysterical from start to finish, Wendt is also measured, humble and genuine. Stories of his time at Second City and his relationships with Woody Harrelson, Chris Farley, Farrah Fawcett and others are a goldmine for comedy fans. Wendt never strays far from his most trusted costar, beer, and aficionados will be impressed by his extensive, loving collection of trivia and history. Fans of the man, the myth, or the malt beverage will drink it up.

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George Wendt is an American actor, best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the classic television show Cheers.

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Very entertaining and informative.
Jane Franks
Reading this is more than a smile and a giggle it is a belly laugh.
wogan
This is a must read for every beer lover.
Rick Shaq Goldstein

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Erik C. Boles on October 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am NOT a reader. that is why I video blog everything, I don't like to read and I don't read fast, it isn't my gig. I was very eager to read this book because seeing "Norm" brings me back to the days in the late 80's and early 90's watching Cheers, a show I never missed.

If you are looking for a book written by "Norm" about Cheers, this book is for you (but may I also recommend "Toasting Cheers"), if you are looking for a book that is about the lives and times of George Wendt, this book is also for you.

This book is an easy read, broken down into very simple sections (not paragraphs) and isn't so much "Drinking with George" but "Georges life and how drinking has always made it fun". From growing up as a kid, to the reasons he went to Notre Dame (tailgate parties baby!) to ocean adventures with Woody Harrelson, this book entertains at every turn (if you don't find yourself lauhging out loud with nobody around, something could be wrong with you, see a doctor)

This is an excellent coffee table piece or one to have next to your dad's recliner. I am buying a handful of them for family for Christmas. Highly recommended.

Erik Boles
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rick Shaq Goldstein on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly "imbibing"...oops! Enjoyable memoir mixed with beer... of George Wendt... whom I and most of the world know as *NORM PETERSON* of "Cheers" fame. In fact when I went to pick this book up from the bookstore reserved desk I literally kept asking the clerk for "DRINKING WITH NORM"... and after a delay in finding the book... I had to laugh at myself because of the "Budweisian/Freudian" slip I un-sub-consciously made. As George/Norm shares his life story he intersperses real-life trivia regarding beers of all types... from all parts of the world. This is in addition to his actual life story which is truly more than interspersed with his own real-life experiences with beer. As George/Norm makes clear throughout this beer drinkers version of "On The Road"... he didn't have to do much acting to nail his character Norm on "Cheers".

After sharing with the readers all his pre-college drinking escapades which included finding a bar where he and a buddy could drink while still in high school... it so happened the bartender was blind... to fulfilling his Notre Dame graduate Father's dream of his son attending Notre Dame... in which his Father's graduation got him in... not his grades. Well... he sort of fulfilled his Dad's dream... he got into Notre Dame but was asked not to return after a "perfect" junior semester with a "O.O G.P.A. UNBLEMISHED BY EVEN THE SMALLEST SPECK OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVMENT." If they would have had a grade for pre-graduation beer consumption George/Norm would have had a 4.5 G.P.A.

What follows are multiple trips to Europe with enough beer consumed to offset any potential debt in foreign trade for centuries to come. He becomes part of the "Second City" acting group where along with meeting his future wife he consumed keg after keg of beer...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Wong on January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a light breezy read with plenty of photos. Just the sort thing to read after finishing a long book. I hate beer but I like George Wendt. I enjoyed him as Norm in Cheers. This book is half autobiographical and half information about beer. He was more enchanted with beer than school but he seems to be an expert about beer. I like learning about different subjects, so I liked this book. It was very straight forward and Mr. Wendt's love for people including his beautiful wife came through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wes F on December 3, 2010
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This is a light read that will keep you laughing. From his days as a child and into life as an adult, Mr. Wendt recounts with honesty and humor his love for barley, hops and water and people. The next best thing to this book would be sitting down and slinging back a cold one with George himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sweeney on October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book works on so many different levels. First, as a autobiography of a pretty interesting character who had a hell of a life journey. Second, as an ode to beer from a true believer (me too!). Third, and perhaps most subtly, as a Hollywood love story that's lasted over 30 years and actually appears to have a happy ending. I only wish it had been longer. Sláinte, George.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. D. La Londe on June 28, 2010
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The book is an easy read. Relax and laugh as you follow George through his enviable lifelong adolescence and acting career. He didn't act the part of Norm Peterson in "Cheers." Norm Peterson was George.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on June 3, 2010
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If you savor the flavor of a nice cold beer, you'll surely enjoy this professional perspective, compliments of George Wendt - the King of Beer Drinkers.

Let's face it; for a large segment of the population, beer is the center of the universe. George is widely regarded as the beer drinker's guru; the guy with the most knowledge on the subject, and the sharpest wit on how to engage in the activity in the most desirable fashion. This book is no exception; he nails it.

Certainly, George knows beer; and we're fortunate enough to have his spin on how to best savor a nice cold one. Really, no beer drinker's library is complete without Wendt's engaging prose. You'll love it.
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