“I drink to make other people more interesting,” Ernest Hemingway said. William Faulkner had this thought: “Pouring out liquor is like burning books.” It’s true: A good book and a good beer go well together. Here’s a six-pack of books and beers that pair just right.
1. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway and Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s Brewery
Hemingway’s first story volume includes the two-part story “Big Two-Hearted River.”
2. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler and Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale by Flying Dog Brewery
A very Baltimore writer, a very Baltimore beer.
3. Made to Break Your Heart by Richard Fellinger and Camp Pils by Ever Grain Brewing Company
A beer named for Camp Hill, PA, which seems awfully familiar to the novel’s setting, the fictional Misty Hill. Ever Grain Brewing Co. hosts a monthly book club, Beer with Books, making it our favorite brewing company ever.
4. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon and Iron City Beer by Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
The author’s breakout novel and the old-school steel-town beer.
5. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn and Brooklyn Lager by Brooklyn Brewery
A double shot of classic Brooklyn.
6. Cathedral by Raymond Carver and KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout by Founders Brewing Co.
The hard stuff.