Thursday, March 10, 2011

BC2011: Drinking with George

George is George Wendt, known to many as Norm Peterson on Cheers. I bought this for my dad since it's somewhat about beer (only $1 at Borders before the bankruptcy!), but when I looked at it some more, I decided to read it myself first. Besides, in light of recent events I wanted something light and funny.

Drinking with George: A Barstool Professional's Guide to Beer fits that bill perfectly. I read it in a few hours and laughed a lot, even though I was in a public place. Ostensibly about beer, this book is really a beer-soaked memoir interspersed with beer facts. Wendt and co-author Jonathan Grotenstein crafted a book that really sounds as if some guy sat down next to you at the bar and started telling stories. The fact that many of those tales are set in Chicago, where Wendt was born and raised, makes this book even better. In spite of the subtitle, this isn't much of a beer guide, but anyone who enjoys entertaining stories should like this book.

2 comments:

Jen said...

Hey, I think I might get this for my dad -- he likes funny stories. And, more importantly, he likes beer.

Now if only I can find it for $1...

David Johnsen said...

If you're looking for a good beer book, check out Travels with Barley: The Quest for the Perfect Beer Joint by Ken Wells. He visits bars and breweries, covering the whole range from home brewing to micro-brews to Budweiser. I enjoyed it, and I don't even like beer.

Btw, Amazon has the paperback for $6 right now. If you're like me, that's an excuse to order $19 in books for yourself to get the free shipping!