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Monday, November 17, 2008

Two Books on the Desk and One on the Shelf

I've begun to crease the pages of two excellent books and have one on the way. Any or all of them will make perfect stocking stuffers for your best beer buddy this holiday season. First up, the last major writing by Michael Jackson was awaiting my return from GABF. Fittingly it is an updated Belgian Beer Guide called Great Beers of Belgium, 6th edition. At just over 500 pages, this book is choc full of gorgeous pictures and beautiful prose that makes it so easy to turn page after page. Maybe I'll finally learn a thing or two about writing from MJ. Closer to home, for me at least, is Philadelphia's own Don Russell who delivers a bagful of goodies in his latest book, Christmas Beer. Backgrounds, tasting notes, and stats related to one of the year's most interesting "seasonals" can be found in "the first ever book devoted" to these beers. If you haven't rewarded yourself with any of Don's writing (outside of the Daily News), check out this deal. "For a limited time only, order both books Christmas Beer & Joe Sixpack's Philly Beer Guide, and we'll waive the shipping and handling charge." That's just $34.90 (save close to $10) for both of Joe Sixpack's books! And, one that I need to add to my reading stack is "Red, White, & Brew - An American Beer Odyssey" from a San Franciscan, Brian Yaeger, who has been touring the country sharing his experiences and writings with those he meets along the way. He's got a few more book dates on the calendar still to come before the holidays. They're listed below; and the book, you can pick up over here. Or, have a last chance to get a first edition at a local bookstore before the forthcoming second edition is released. Monday, November 24, 6:30 AM Apple Store-San Francisco San Francisco, CA Tuesday, November 25, 7:00 PM Hopmonk Sebastopol, CA Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 PM Capitola Book Cafe Capitola, CA

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