The Big Book O' Beer: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Greatest Beverage on Earth

Overview

Beer Drinkers of the World, Unite!
 
The Big Book O’ Beer  is an extravagant full-color celebration of the Greatest Beverage on Earth, complete with hundreds of dazzling photographs and countless little-known facts. Author Duane Swierczynski takes readers around the world—and through ten thousand years of history—for a beer-fueled ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (25) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $60.00   
  • Used (23) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$60.00
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(229)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$86.18
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(210)

Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Beer Drinkers of the World, Unite!
 
The Big Book O’ Beer  is an extravagant full-color celebration of the Greatest Beverage on Earth, complete with hundreds of dazzling photographs and countless little-known facts. Author Duane Swierczynski takes readers around the world—and through ten thousand years of history—for a beer-fueled tour of:
 
     •  History: Who invented beer? Who started the first Oktoberfest? And which U.S. president proposed a national brewery?
     •  Geography: See the world from your La-Z-Boy. Tour the world’s coolest pubs, visit exotic breweries, and sample the best beers you’ve never heard of. From Ireland and Australia to the Dominican Republic, we’ve got your glass covered.
     •  Connoisseurship: Learn the difference between an ale and a lager (it’s all in the yeast!) and kick back with the ten biggest brewers on Earth. Plus a five-step program for sounding like a beer snob.
     •  Crafts and Gear: The coolest beer gear on Earth—from mugs and steins to clocks, funnels, and goofy hats. Plus instructions for transforming your empties into dazzling arts and crafts.
     •  Science: Where does foam come from? Why does beer give us large bellies? How come I get beer goggles when I drink? And why don’t they teach this stuff in high school?
     •  Arts and Entertainment: The greatest beer ads you’ve never seen—along with classic beer moments in television, cinema, literature, and more. Plus beloved beer spokesmodels like Miss Rheingold and Spuds MacKenzie.
 
And that’s not all. Did we mention the section on classic cheap beers? The recipe for beer-flavored ice cream? The rules for hilarious drinking games? The guidelines for brewing your own stash? It’s time to belly up to the bar and start reading—a wide world of beer awaits you!
 

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931686495
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Duane Swierczynski

Duane Swierczynski is also the author of The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Meredith, and their two children. If you opened his refrigerator right now, you’d find bottles of Guinness, Yuengling Lager, Victory Whirlwind, Sierra Nevada, Sapporo, Carlsberg, two cans of Schlitz that nobody wants to touch, and a 1998 can of Coors Light left over from when his father-in-law visited for Christmas. The Smithsonian has expressed interest.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: One Hundred Bottles of Beer on My Wall 7
Can #1 The History of Beer 9
Great Moments in Beer History: Antiquity 10
Great Moments in Beer History: Enlightenment 15
Not-So-Great Moments in Beer History: Prohibition 21
Great Moments in Beer History: Modernity 24
The Evolution of the Beer Can 28
Popular Expressions That Came from Beer 32
Prestigious Beer Awards and Ceremonies 34
World Beer Records 37
The Year in Beer 40
Can #2 The Atlas of Beer 43
Ireland and the United Kingdom 44
Belgium and the Netherlands 46
Germany and Austria 48
The Czech Republic and Poland 50
Scandinavia 52
Western Europe 54
The United States of America: New England 56
The United States of America: Mid-Atlantic 58
The United States of America: The South 60
The United States of America: The Midwest 62
The United States of America: The Southwest 64
The United States of America: The West 66
Canada 68
Mexico 70
The Caribbean 72
China and Japan 74
Australia and New Zealand 76
Can #3 Beer Connoisseurship 79
A Field Guide to Beer 80
The Big Beers 84
They Live! Zombie Beers 94
Beer: An Owner's Manual 97
How to Act Like a Beer Snob 100
Cheaper by the Six-Pack 102
Beer and Food 106
Brew It Yourself 112
Can #4 Beer Crafts and Gear 117
Aw, You Mugs 118
The Perfect Glass for Every Beer 122
Beer Kegs and Beer Kegerators 126
Beer Crafts 129
Games Beer Drinkers Play 138
Can #5 Beer and the Applied Sciences 143
Health and Beer 144
Beer Isn't the Answer; It's the Cure 149
The Physics and Chemistry of Beer 151
Alternate Scientific Applications for Beer 158
Beer Math 161
Can #6 Beer and the Arts 163
The Metropolitan Gallery of Beer Art 165
The Art of the Beer Label 170
Beer Commercials and Spokespersons 176
Memorable Beer Moments in Television and Cinema 182
Beer and Literature 187
Fictional Beers 189
Bonus Can 193
Beer Resources 194
Beer Glossary 196
Toasts and Roasts 198
Drinking Songs 200
Beer Buddies 203
Index 204
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Bring it on....this book is awesome

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It covers really everything you wanted to know about beer. Topics include: beer history, manufacturing, information on breweries across the world, types of glassware, and even how to build a table made with beer bottle caps. There are lots of pictures that add to the book's enjoyment. If you like beer you won't be disappointed. Would make a good gift.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)