Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reading and Drinking

Here is an article from AbeBooks:

The Best Book and Booze Pairings
by Richard Davies

Books and alcohol have been bedfellows for centuries.  Many readers love to curl up with a good book and a drop of their favorite tipple. But what are the finest pairings of literature and beer, or wine or liquor?

It would be great to match Douglas Adams’ Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, a cocktail of galactic power, with a challenging read like Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, but that’s never going to happen.

There is a bevy of drinks that are ideal companions for books, and many brewers and winemakers have been inspired by literary culture.  There’s Hercule Stout, a Belgian beer, featuring the mustachioed face of Agatha Christie’s detective on the label.  The Thomas Hardy Ale, brewed by Eldridge Pope until 2009, has almost mythical status among real ale aficionados. And we’d love to sample the wonderfully named Grains of Wrath Double IPA produced by the Ontario microbrewery of Church-Key.

This list is designed to wet your whistle and boost your bookshelf. But please remember to drink responsibly (and we are kidding about absinthe).

Selected works from the list (you'll have to go to AbeBooks for the rest and Booze listings):

A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway

Last Bus to Woodstock
by Colin Dexter

Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram
Iain Banks

English Passengers
by Matthew Kneale

The Long Goodbye
by Raymond Chandler

The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde

The Red Room
by August Strindberg


Parrish Lantern said...

The Iain Bank's book, is probably my favourite book with whisky as its subject matter & I have about 50 or more books on this subject, even wrote a post on it. Great idea, will be relaxing later with a couple of good ales & maybe a malt.

James said...

Thanks for your comment. I should have anticipated a response considering your interest in whisky. While I enjoy a good single malt I am not the aficionado that you are. This article appealed because of the wonderful variety of books listed, most of which I have yet to read.