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

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

by Duane Swierczynski


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

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931686495
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: One Hundred Bottles of Beer on My Wall7
Can #1The History of Beer9
Great Moments in Beer History: Antiquity10
Great Moments in Beer History: Enlightenment15
Not-So-Great Moments in Beer History: Prohibition21
Great Moments in Beer History: Modernity24
The Evolution of the Beer Can28
Popular Expressions That Came from Beer32
Prestigious Beer Awards and Ceremonies34
World Beer Records37
The Year in Beer40
Can #2The Atlas of Beer43
Ireland and the United Kingdom44
Belgium and the Netherlands46
Germany and Austria48
The Czech Republic and Poland50
Western Europe54
The United States of America: New England56
The United States of America: Mid-Atlantic58
The United States of America: The South60
The United States of America: The Midwest62
The United States of America: The Southwest64
The United States of America: The West66
The Caribbean72
China and Japan74
Australia and New Zealand76
Can #3Beer Connoisseurship79
A Field Guide to Beer80
The Big Beers84
They Live! Zombie Beers94
Beer: An Owner's Manual97
How to Act Like a Beer Snob100
Cheaper by the Six-Pack102
Beer and Food106
Brew It Yourself112
Can #4Beer Crafts and Gear117
Aw, You Mugs118
The Perfect Glass for Every Beer122
Beer Kegs and Beer Kegerators126
Beer Crafts129
Games Beer Drinkers Play138
Can #5Beer and the Applied Sciences143
Health and Beer144
Beer Isn't the Answer; It's the Cure149
The Physics and Chemistry of Beer151
Alternate Scientific Applications for Beer158
Beer Math161
Can #6Beer and the Arts163
The Metropolitan Gallery of Beer Art165
The Art of the Beer Label170
Beer Commercials and Spokespersons176
Memorable Beer Moments in Television and Cinema182
Beer and Literature187
Fictional Beers189
Bonus Can193
Beer Resources194
Beer Glossary196
Toasts and Roasts198
Drinking Songs200
Beer Buddies203

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