Books and Brews: Celebrate National Beer Day with These Boozy Pairings

Books and Brews: Celebrate National Beer Day with These Boozy Pairings

This year, April 7 is National Beer Day. Here at Bookish, we plan to celebrate by pairing books with some of our favorite brews. Whether you like fiction or nonfiction, IPAs or stouts, there’s a beer and book pairing here for every thirsty reader over 21. Grab some snacks, cozy up, and pour yourself a cold one.

Book: The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

Beer: Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing

Why they’re perfect together: Dave Eggers’ latest tells the story of coffee mogul Mokhtar Alkhanshali, and we think this cappuccino stout is the ideal pairing.

Book: The Merry Spinster by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

Beer: Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing

Why they’re perfect together: This bourbon barrel-aged sour is strong, unusual, and not quite like anything else out there—just like Ortberg’s collection.

Book: God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright

Beer: Das Wunderkind from Jester King Brewery

Why they’re perfect together: We think Lawrence Wright would approve of sipping this Texan beer while reading about his home state.

Book: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Beer: Traditional Lager from Yuengling

Why they’re perfect together: Yuengling is oldest brewery in the country; you could say they’ve got history, just like the couple in Alisha Rai’s novel.

Book: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Beer: Sour Opal by Firestone Walker Barrelworks

Why they’re perfect together: Chloe Benjamin’s book deals with time. We think a barrel-aged beer is the right beverage to enjoy while turning the pages—the oaky notes even recall the tree on the book’s cover.

Book: The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

Beer: 3rd Anniversary Imperial IPA from Other Half Brewing Co.

Why they’re perfect together: In Alberto Urrea’s novel, a family gathers to celebrate a landmark birthday. Other Half celebrated their own birthday by brewing this exceptional beer.

Book: My Struggle Book VI by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Beer: Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing Company

Why they’re perfect together: Both this beer and this author have big reputations, big followings, and a hardcore dedication to craft.

Book: How To Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

Beer: Kolsch from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Why they’re perfect together: In these essays, Alexander Chee probes fascinating questions surrounding identity. This beer also has a complex identity: It has some traits of an ale and other traits associated with a lager, and navigates the intersection beautifully.

Book: The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

Beer: Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery

Why they’re perfect together: The genres of sci-fi and mystery meet in this novel we bet you’ll find delightfully stressful. Take the edge off with this notoriously boozy brew with notes of dark chocolate.

Book: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Beer: Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s Brewery

Why they’re perfect together: Two lives and hearts come together in Alyssa Cole’s romantic novel. Celebrate the union with this aptly named beverage.


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