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A full-color, lushly illustrated graphic novel that recounts the many-layered past and present of beer through dynamic pairings of pictures and meticulously researched insight into the history of the world’s favorite brew.
The History of Beer Comes to Life!
We drink it. We love it. But how much do we really know about beer? Starting from around 7000 BC, beer has emerged as a major element driving humankind’s development, a role it has continued to play through today’s craft brewing explosion. With The Comic Book Story of Beer, the first-ever nonfiction graphic novel focused on this most favored beverage, you can follow along from the very beginning, as authors Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith team up with illustrator Aaron McConnell to present the key figures, events, and, yes, beers that shaped and frequently made history. No boring, old historical text here, McConnell’s versatile art style—moving from period-accurate renderings to cartoony diagrams to historical caricatures and back—finds an equal and effective partner in the pithy, informative text of Hennessey and Smith presented in captions and word balloons on each page. The end result is a filling mixture of words and pictures sure to please the beer aficionado and comics geek alike.
Do you like beer? Do you like graphic novels? If you answered “yes” to at least one of those questions, then there is a good chance you will like this book. If you answered in the affirmative for both of those questions, then what are you doing wasting your time reading reviews? You already know this book is explicitly for you. It costs the same as like 3 or 4 pints, but the upshot is that you won’t be peeing the book a couple of hours later. PROS: –It has that awesome new book smell. –You might learn something new about beer. –It pairs wonderfully with beer. –This book can be used as a Turing field test. If you encounter someone that does not like this book, then there is a high probability that they are a robot automaton with no soul. CONS: –Does not actually come with beer. –You might end up writing drunken reviews on Amazon when you finish the book three beers later. –If you’re looking for a third reason to not buy this book, then congratulations, you’re a robot. It’s well written, nicely researched, wonderfully illustrated, blah blah blah. Add this to your cart right now.
What a terrific book! This book takes an exciting tour of human history from the perspective of the world’s greatest drink. A must read for anyone who enjoys the many breweries and beer styles available today. The story of beer is told as a seamless thread through ancient civilizations, empires, religions, wars and corporate growth. The final triumph of beer’s resurgence in American craft beer makes us “astonishingly lucky to find ourselves drinking beer at the best time to do so in all of human existence!”. Finishing this book was bittersweet, and I decided to enjoy the final chapter along with a Trappist Triple – a beer style, I learned, that was preserved by monks in Northern Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. Only a small handful of breweries in Germany and Holland (and one in the U.S.) can truly call their beers Trappist Ales! I know I will open this book again and again and continue to enjoy the awesome history of beer!
What a great find! I know a fair amount about beer already, but I learned a lot about what is probably the oldest alcoholic beverage created by mankind. The graphical presentation (more Manga than comic in form) is very well done, and adds to the history being presented immeasurably.
- Title: The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution
- Autor: Jonathan Hennessey
- Publisher (Publication Date): Ten Speed Press (September 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 1607746352
- ISBN-13: | 978-1607746355
- Download File Format: EPUB, PDF