Today is my first contribution to the fabulous new feature, the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide, where myself, Brittany, Estelle at Rather Be Reading and Maggie at Just a Couple More Pages are paring books and beer. Pretty perfect for a bunch of beer and book lovers if you ask me.
Guess I should follow in Estelle’s footsteps and tell you a little about myself and beer.
When I first turned 21, sadly many moons ago, I was not a beer drinker. I was all about the Pearl Harbor, Midori Sour, Grape Crush, Long Island Iced Tea and Cape Codders. Beer was not something that was in my vocabulary. Hey, I was young and had no major bills to pay and could afford it. But as time passed I started picking up beers. Bud Light was a first favorite, you beer snobs can stop groaning now, as it is a very popular beer in Boston. After that I slowly started to branch out and try other beers. Sure Corona is my go to beer and I will occasionally still drink a Bud Light, but I really am now a fan of the craft beer and when I go away I try to drink at least one local brew. I even at one point brewed and bottled my own beer which I would love to do again some day.
So now that you have a little bit about my beer background, let’s get to the topic at hand…Beer and a Book.
Before I get into the beer and the book I must first touch on the pint glass. I’m a pint glass collector. When I go on vacation I like to buy a pint glass from somewhere I go or even one that will say the place I’m at. I even have a few from bars in Boston that may or may not have been stolen. This particular one was give to me by a manager at a bar when I asked if I could have one. It’s one of my favorites and I’m really looking forward to showing off some of the others I have.
Okay, back to the beer and the book.
For my beer today I have a raspberry beer from a brewery on Nantucket. My mom went on vacation for a week to the island with some family and they spent oodles of time at Cisco Brewers. Knowing that I’m a fan of “weird beers”, as she calls them, she wanted to bring me home something that was easy to transport. She found this raspberry beer and immediately knew it was perfect for me. I’ve been holding on to it for a while knowing I wanted to use it for my first post so I finally drank it a couple of nights ago. I immediately loved the smell of it. It smelled like it was going to be a nice, refreshing, fruity beer. But when I tasted it I was shocked. The smell and taste were complete opposites. Sadly this beer was very, very tart and not at all what I expected. It was light, not to heavy, but it isn’t something I would want to drink a whole pint of. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t a favorite. In the future I would stick to these berry beers I know and love: UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen, Leinenkugel Berry Weiss, Lindemans Framboise
And what better book to go with a raspberry beer, a book with a sherbert cover. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.
This book screams summer. It takes place entirely over the course of a summer. It has a beach and a snack stand, an late nights in the woods. It has a dock and a cute boy next door. It is about romance and love and heartache. It will make you swoon and then it will break your heart because it is also about loss. I am warning you that there will most likely tears that will be shed. It isn’t all summer fun. But it is real life and It is amazing. I highly recommend it. And you can read why HERE.
And there you have my Pub Date. I will be hosting this lovely feature every few weeks and would love for you to stop by and share a pint with me…or at least tell me what you are currently enjoying. Make sure you follow along with Brittany, Estelle and Maggie too. You never know when you will find your new favorite beer.
*banner by Estelle’s sister