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The Big Book o' Beer: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Greatest Beverage on Earth Paperback – April 1, 2004
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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Maybe it's because I worked in the industry, briefly, back in the 70's when the big breweries were gobbling each other up and decimating the ranks of the regionals. Beer is a fascinating subject, because it has been so ubiquitous over the years and because it has taken so many shapes and forms. The book only whetted my appetite for more information in so many areas and then didn't provide it. The title, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know . . ." promised more, then didn't deliver. Perhaps if you promoted it as an introductory work, the reader would expect less.
The sophomoric part of my evaluation primarily refers to your constant commentary about "getting hammered" or otherwise over-indulging. We've all done it, of course, but a true beer lover doesn't drink it to get drunk. The whole thing makes you sound like a frat rat rather than an adult.
You are right about one thing -- it's the greatest beverage in the world, and has been for a long time.