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The Big Book o' Beer: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Greatest Beverage on Earth Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931686491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931686495
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Beer may have gone a bit upscale in recent years, what with all those microbrews and Belgian ales, but Swierczynski (The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion) is more interested in the history of Pabst Blue Ribbon and the trivia of hangovers, not to mention the physics of a flying bottle cap, the world's weirdest beer flavors (he's found banana and white chocolate mousse, among others) and beer label art. He divides this visually captivating compendium into a six-pack of chapters, covering history, geography, crafts, the sciences, the arts and even connoisseurship as they relate to readers' favorite hop-flavored brew. The "Bonus Can" chapter appears to include stuff that wouldn't fit anywhere else (e.g., Web sites and drinking songs). Swierczynski has amassed quite a collection of images: vintage Milwaukee's Best cans, jars of pickled eggs, Heineken mugs, drinking funnels and even beer can votive holders are all on display, and the random sidebars and diagrams will help hold readers' attention. Despite all this, the book is largely a jumble of only loosely related facts and lists, and virtually no subject gets more than a paragraph of text. It's too disorganized to serve as a reference book, and too choppy to be read all the way through, yet too attractive and entertaining to put down for long.
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About the Author

Duane Swierczynski is a senior editor at Philadelphia Magazine and contributing editor at Men's Health magazine. He has also written for Details , Cosmopolitan , Mademoiselle , George , and The New York Post .

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Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers, including the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning Expiration Date, as well the Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot), which has been nominated for Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and Barry awards and optioned for TV. He currently writes Birds of Prey for DC Comics, Godzilla and the forthcoming Judge Dredd for IDW Comics, Bloodshot for Valiant Comics, and has written about the Punisher, Cable, the Immortal Iron Fist, Werewolf By Night, Black Widow and Deadpool for Marvel Comics. Duane has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on a series of bestselling "digi-novel" thrillers which include Level 26: Dark Origins, Dark Prophecy and Dark Revelations. In a previous life, he worked as an editor and writer for Details, Men's Health and Philadelphia magazines, and was the editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper. He lives in Philly. You can say "yo" to him at www.secretdead.com or twitter.com/swierczy.

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Also a lot of beautiful and/or fun illustrations.
F. A. Lage Filho
This is a book for trivia buff or people that re sitting around enjoying a cold one and need something to talk about.
J. Bito
A great book for any beer drinker, be he connoisseur, brewer or armchair quarterback.
Jon Johnson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben Jaggars on June 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Big Book O' Beer; the title says it all. I recieved this precious gem as a gift and I am proud to own this intelligent, witty, and surprisingly informative conglomerate of beer facts. For those who consider themselves beer fanatics to those who indulge in a few barley pops every now and again, I highly encourage you to get your hands on a copy of this book. The only thing that excites me more than this book is free beer. Cheers and happy reading:)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Johnson on April 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
A great book for any beer drinker, be he connoisseur, brewer or armchair quarterback. It's a fun read, with anecdotes, history and all your favorite quotes from TV and media. It leaves you wanting more, a feat for books of this nature. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys either the finest cheap beer to those incredibly bizarre microbrews.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. A. Lage Filho on October 4, 2005
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This is a fun reading throughout, with the big plus of being very enlightening. The author seems very knowledgeable. Also a lot of beautiful and/or fun illustrations. Just great !
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By ta7879 on December 9, 2013
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Ordered for a Christmas gift looks like a great book and I am looking forward to flipping through it myself before wrapping it!
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By J. Bito on June 5, 2010
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This is a book for trivia buff or people that re sitting around enjoying a cold one and need something to talk about. It cover everything beer.
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