Tracing the history of beer from 7000 BC and its beginnings in Mesopotamia to the present day, this new 176 page book is a must for anyone interested in the beverage that has taken numerous forms through the centuries. Authors Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith and artist Aaron McConnell cleverly mix historical events with the story of beer in a social context that reflects the tastes of the times. A mixture of traditional comic strip style along with diagrams and various beers highlighted in detail make for a fact-packed entertaining book. The “Meet the Beer” pages introduce readers to the complexities and qualities of the Trappist Dubbel, India Pale Ale, Pilsner, Porter, and more as well as an illustrated guide to the brewing process. No doubt after reading this book you might want to sample some of the beers for yourself.
The book was recently featured on NPR, and in the Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Food Republic and the authors are touring throughout the US this fall, visiting breweries, book stores, and comic book conventions in 17 states.
9/29 Dangerous Man Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN
9/30 Backpocket Brewing Company, Iowa City, IA
10/1 Barnes & Noble, Kansas City, MO
10/3 Beermiscuous Craft Beer Café, Chicago, IL
10/4 The Beguiling, Toronto, ON
10/5 Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI
10/6 Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar, Copley, OH
10/8-10/11 New York Comic Con, NYC
10/15 Back East Brewing, Bloomfield, CT
10/16 Mayflower Brewing Company, Plymouth, MA
10/21 Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, PA
10/22 Atlas Brew Works, Washington, DC
10/24 Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD
10/26 Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard, NC
10/30 Wizard World Austin, Austin TX
12/4 Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
Reprinted with permission from The Comic Book Story of Beer, by Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Artwork copyright © 2015 by Aaron McConnell.
Review copyright Paul Green (Weird Westerns) 2015.