Monday, April 25, 2016

The Comic Book Story of Beer


The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World's Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today's Craft Brewing Revolution

It is nice when a title so accurately portrays the contents of a book and the Comic Book Story of Beer does exactly that. Similar to history books on salt, pepper, money, houses, and even cod fish the team of  Hennessey, Smith, McConnell, and Orzechowski explore the history of the world through the lens of beer. From how beer and the development of agriculture are interlinked to the types of beers that were developed as major historical events occurred. As history progresses the reader also picks up the origin and meaning of terms like gravity and laagering in addition to learning the basics of many different styles of beer. The history is told with a unique and engaging voice with excellent supporting and dynamic artwork.


The proliferation of craft beers, especially in Dayton Ohio, is so chock full of terms and varieties that can be off-putting to the casually curious and hard-core examiners alike. Even if you do not want to read the full history of beer, it is interesting to just flip to your preferred style and read about its details and history. Now, this information could be put in a very dry chart, but each style is delivered in a unique chart (with food pairing recommendations) and an accompanying origin story.

In all, this is an excellent non-fiction graphic novel, both for its content and for the artwork. Definitely for fans of comics or those who like a good pint, or both! 

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