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Why Beer Matters (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X0FXVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,959 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 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 By Velky Al on 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 By Jason Twomey on 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 By S. ONEILL on 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 By William Howell Jr. on 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 By Peter Hudak on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Ely on March 31, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob on March 1, 2013
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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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