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The Big Book o' Beer [Paperback]

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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!
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.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.6" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   Quirk Books
ISBN  1931686491  
ISBN13  9781931686495  

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More About Duane Swierczynski

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Duane Swierczynski is editor-in-chief of the "Philadelphia City Paper," A receipt for "This Here's a Stick-Up," Duane's nonfiction book on American bank robbery, was found in the getaway car of a San Francisco bandit who'd hit at least thirty California banks. Duane lives in Philadelphia. Visit his Web site at

Duane Swierczynski currently resides in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Big Book o' Beer?

Awesome Book  Aug 20, 2007
this book is awesome my friends and i enjoy reading this book and learning about all the different beers of the world
The Big Book o'Beer  May 12, 2007
This is a very fun and educational book for beer lovers. Lots of info and great photos/illustrations.
GOOD SUBJECT, BUT . . . .  Mar 24, 2006
I'm sorry, Mr. Swierczynski, but, much as I love beer, I fund your book both superficial and a sophomoric.

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.
Extremely knowledgeable, fun reading throughout  Oct 4, 2005
This is a fun reading throughout, with the big plus of being very enlightening. The author seems very knowledgeable. Also a lot of beautiful and/or fun illustrations. Just great !
Great book, great writer.  Jul 27, 2005
An outstanding, and often funny, book by one of my favorite authors. If you liked this one, check out some of his other books.

Seriously, one of the best young writers of this generation. And I'm not just saying this because of the great brew in my hand.

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