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 […]
Page space comes at a premium in a graphic novel. But here on the web? Not so much. As a valuable and evolving companion to the book itself, thecomicbookstoryofbeer.com gives us the chance to give you some things that the physical book cannot. Like citations and annotations. Although The Comic Book Story of Beer is not some […]
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 have a great excerpt for you from The Comic Book Story of Beer this St. Patrick's Day.
And as we are fond of noting (and saying so explicitly on Page 167!), beer doesn't need to be analyzed to death in order to be simply appreciated. But if we accept the invitation to keep its complex and fascinating history in mind, we can elevate the experience of drinking it. Yes, even if it's been dyed green and served in a plastic leprechaun hat.
So if you're down for a few robust moments of history, cast your imagination back to the days of the Roman Empire and the early Dark Ages. Because—yes!—that's when the actual (Britain-born!) historical figure of St. Patrick lived and cemented his legacy.
As you'll learn in our book, wine was the tradition beverage of Christianity. But grapes had a pretty tough time growing in a land as far north as Ireland. So beer became the Irish stand-in for the favorite quaff of Jesus and his disciples.
The Irish paid back the favor of being Christianized by St. Patrick. Faithful "white martyr" monks looking to spread the faith set out over the mainland continent of Europe. They founded monasteries and breweries wherever they went, thereby keeping the late-breaking religion of the fallen Western Roman Empire alive in places that were beginning to lapse back into barbarism.
In doing so, they contributed absolutely invaluable knowledge to the art and science of brewing. The monks and nuns who made beer composed a proto-professional class of brewers in an age when most beer was made in tiny batches in village kitchens by wives and widows.
C'mon out to Long Island, New York this weekend (Sunday, November 20, 2016) to the great Homebrews & Handgrenades Supply Shop in the town of Baldwin.
Author MIKE SMITH will be selling and signing copies of the book that all the beer lovers in your life have on their holiday gift lists, the New York Times bestselling The Comic Book Story of Beer!
In a business widely reputed for being a**hole-free, Mike is an especially friendly and approachable veteran brewer (and homebrewer) and you'll be glad you plied him with questions.
We'll see you in Nassau County!
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.
AND WHAT'S MORE! SEE BELOW!
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.
Be sure to check out the auction and bid on Aaron's piece via this link!
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.
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