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Why Beer Matters (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Evan Rail
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Over the past few years, there’s been an explosion of interest in good beer. As hundreds of great new breweries have opened across the country and around the world, quality ales and lagers have been given an importance never before imagined. Despite beer's renaissance, however, no one seems to have focused on why beer suddenly matters, or what it is about beer that makes it the drink for our age. In this 6,500-word (20-page) personal essay, Evan Rail investigates several compelling aspects of beer beyond its principal role as a great drink, from its very real sense of place to its unusual relationship with the passing of time.

"...good beer writing that takes a fresh perspective.. A travel piece but not through geography, instead it echoes his own path with writing and thinking about beer.. Well worthy."
— A Good Beer Blog

"It's truly a phenomenal piece of writing. Rail explores not only his own relationship with beer—how it affects his career, his travel and his writing—but how beer affects everyone associated with it, from brewers to consumers. He takes you on a journey that spans the globe and ends up in his living room. It's a deeply personal and wonderfully beer-geeky experience, that he relates in a easy-to-come-by manner—It really is a fantastic work."
— Drink Drank

"Mandatory reading for anyone with at least a passing interest in beer."
— Pivní Filosof

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  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X0FXVM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What matters most about beer is... February 25, 2012
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In his short essay, "Why Beer Matters," author Evan Rail writes with both fervor and expertise about what beer means to him and why beer matters. He notes the obvious attractions of beer - "the sugar rush of malt, the fragrant flavors of hops, and the elemental calm of alcohol," but he goes a bit deeper into the subject. Inevitably, he compares beer with wine, but the differences go well beyond taste or alcohol content. The finest (and most expensive) wines are old vintages that the average person cannot afford. Beer, on the other hand, is a more democratic drink, being much less expensive, and a drink that the common man can unabashedly discuss and share his opinions with others.

The author points out that beer expresses a strong sense of geography and time, with many beers being brewed and served in only one place and/or during a certain season. The many varieties of beer and the different brewing methods make beer stand out in a world where so many things look and taste the same. Thanks to craft brewing, beer has escaped the sameness that affects so much of what we eat and drink today.

The author knows his beer. He relates some fascinating details of beer-making around the world, including efforts to recreate famous beers of the past.

In the end, the author concludes that what matters most about beer is... well, you can probably guess the answer.

As befits a Kindle Short, the essay is brief--about a half-hour read for most people--with no wasted words.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Compelling and True January 27, 2012
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This short booklet explains clearly and with such evident passion for beer, why the bringing together of malted barley, hops, water and yeast in the form of beer matters to so many people, and also that beer is about the people - being at heart an egalitarian drink that brings together both lord of the manor and average Joe. A delightful read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just good writing on beer February 2, 2012
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A well written piece on beer, history, geography, and why we drink what we do. A good starting point for what I can only hope is more good writing on a fun and expansive topic. As the author points out, everyone has an opinion on beer, and so everyone should take a read through this essay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a quick fun read! February 25, 2012
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Avoiding pedantic trivialism, the writer shows why so many people -- of all classes and nationalities -- have passionate opinions about beer today. (Hint: One reason is the increasing reinvention of classic craft beers.)

I can't wait to check out his recommendations, especially his picks for the best Czech pale lagers. Here's to vivid writing and good thinking. Cheers! :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting essay on a noble beverage November 14, 2013
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A small essay examining why beer is such an important beverage in the modern world. Well-written and of great interest to any serious beer lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 10, 2013
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I'm always amazed by the amount of research, passion, knowledge and writing skills behind each Mr. Rail's writing. This (and other his kindle singles) is a great source of knowledge about beer, presented in a very popular science way. Don't attempt to read it without a beer in hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good March 31, 2013
By G. Ely
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Informative and interesting. I'd like to see a longer version of this. Seems to have good points on beer and current trends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmm Beer...... March 1, 2013
By Rob
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A nice essay on beer, makes me want to head to the Czech Republic and Germany this summer to do some exploring!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not good!
Published 1 month ago by Gene
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beer book
The history lesson about beer that I learned was priceless, Not only does this book contain history but it has humor too
Published 4 months ago by pet sitter
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Interesting
This single has an interesting mix of information: history, description of brewing techniques, and rumination about the role beer plays and has played in various societies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tungsten Hippo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and light read about our favorite beverage
author takes a journey through time talking about beers long lost and around the world compares and contrasts with wine an their important places in our lives and pallates. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ozzycat
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not really impressed by this single.

It spends too much time ruminating on the ability to revive old beer recipes for my tastes, and too little on why beer matters.
Published 12 months ago by Robert
3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for.
Checked this out on my Kindle. It was interesting, but not something I feel the need to read again. If you are interested in the history of beer, and the possibility of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Don D. Bouchard
5.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING
Good article on the allure of beer. Makes me want to widen my own interests in tasting and appreciating different styles of beers.
Published 14 months ago by DKeithS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book to read
If you like beer, then you should read it. Its very will written and to the point. Beer lover should read.
Published 18 months ago by Pahamilton
2.0 out of 5 stars "Why Beer Matters" Evan Rail...sort of...
"Why Beer Matters" could well be the title of a great piece of beer writing. I certainly bought it with those hopes. It could be... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Curtis Collins
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More About the Author

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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