There is a lot of history in that beer you’re drinking (or thinking about drinking) right now. Some might dismiss your can of Pilsner or bottle of IPA as nothing more than a throwaway consumer item. But make no mistake. Beer is not only ubiquitous. It is ancient — the product of the mother of […]
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Are you champing at the bit to understand why the ancient Roman physician Dioscorides claimed beer caused elephantitis? Will you be able to sleep tonight without knowing the name of the Irish saint whose pious breath could splinter casks of pagan brew into smithereens? Or which handy-dandy medieval medical reference prescribed a mix of beer […]
We had one hell of a time at New York Comic Con last year. And now in 2016 we're going to do it all over again!
Author and brewer Mike Smith and Aaron McConnell will be on hand at the Javit's Center (655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001) in the course of their undiminished quest to invite the vast Northeast Corridor to #KnowBeerBetter.
Besides Aaron's redoubt in Artist's Alley at Booth a-4 — where you can also check out his many other projects — Mike and Aaron are honored to be included in the "Comics in Real Life" Panel on Sunday as well as a special signing at the Penguin Random House/Crown booth on Saturday.
See the accompanying graphic for specific dates and times.
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Aaron has contributed a smashing original piece of art — a one-of-a-kind comics and homebrewing mashup — to the 6th Annual NYCC Charity Art Auction to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
It's going to be one heck of a beautiful Saturday in Portland. And what could improve on that better than enjoying the fruits of sustainable brewing practices?
No, that's not a rhetorical question.
A Comic Book Story of Beer signing with artist Aaron McConnell can improve on that.
And that's just what will happen from 2-4 pm on Saturday, August 27, at the Organic Beer Fest in Overlook Park. Come say hello and pick up your copy of the most engaging crash course in beer history ever to hit bookshelves.
The Comic Book Story of Beer coauthor Jonathan Hennessey is at Comic-Con 2016!
San Diego is one heluva beer town, so c'mon out for the TEACHING HISTORY WITH GRAPHIC NOVELS panel on Saturday, July 23, at 11 am at the San Diego Public Library.
And—get this!—you don't even need an SDCC badge to attend the event.
More information here.
And just a few hours later, at 2pm, the San Diego Beer Fest is on at Liberty Station in the Point Loma neighborhood. With all the military personnel around Point Loma is like a sun-drenched Washington, D.C.
As holidays go, you don’t get more wet behind the ears than Beer Day Britain.
The annual event was initially conceived to coincide with the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, which was June 15, 2015.
The day is furthermore the brainchild of award-winning beer author, blogger, historian, and “drinks expert” Jane Peyton, who hails from the vicinity of West London. Peyton is doing more to deepen and enhance beer history and appreciation than almost anyone. She’s a tour de force!
Although this day of zythophilic observance is new, the traditions of beer brewing and drinking in the British Isles is anything but. Some might be tempted to defer to Germany, Belgium, or even (dare it be suggested?) California as the fountainhead of beer innovation. But as the Beer Day Britain promoters remind us, if not for the alliance of the English, Scots, and Welsh, we wouldn’t have the clutch of mainstay brewing styles that includes India Pale Ale, Barley Wine, Pale Ale, Mild Ale, Brown Ale, Porter, Stout, or Russian Imperial Stout. (The last so-named because that style came into its fullness as a cherished export product to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia).
While Czech-Bavarian Pilsner might be the most popular single beer from the perspective of global consumption, no other nation than Britain can boast of so many of its signatures brews being produced on a regular basis around the world.
Any beer history tome, illustrated or otherwise, would be wholly discredited were it not to lavish many pages documenting the evolution of ale and beer in Britain. And The Comic Book Story of Beer duly does its duty.
So in honor of Beer Day Britain we proudly present our sequence on the four gentlemen who founded CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) — and who in the process just about single-handedly stopped the UK’s disturbing late 20th Century trend of pub closures and general apathy to brewing grain-based fermented drinks of distinction.
Want to see more? Get The Comic Book Story of Beer from Amazon in the UK or here in the USA.
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