Category Archives: Beer

Thirsty? Here, drink this book.

Thirsty? Here, drink this book..  Providing one solution to poverty and disease the drinkable book informs people how to look after their water.  You can then roll up the page, and use its cheap nano technology to filter your water to clean.



Infographic: Guess the World’s Most Popular Beer (You’re likely WRONG!!)

Only best beer infographic ever: and, you’ll never guess the world’s best selling beer.

Beer & Whiskey Brothers

The fine folks over at Finances Online have pumped out another interesting beer-related infographic, this one featuring a world traveler (let’s call him “Steve”) who trots around the globe discovering which countries drink the most beer, which countries pay the most (and least) for a beer, and which country spends the most on beer per-person (hint: they travel in fried out combi’s on a hippie trail with heads full of zombie).

At the end of the infographic they even share the world’s most popular beer, which I wouldn’t have guessed if you gave me 100 tries. Interesting!  Worldly!  Easy to cut and paste and create a post! 

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The Eroticism of Placelessness

Just the most beautiful article, with references to sexual alienation, Amelie and DH Lawrence entwined in a harmonious whole.

Cody Delistraty

On the way loneliness, freedom, and romance are intertwined.

For the past few weeks, I’ve woken up unsure exactly where I am. My bed, a modest full size, looks out onto a cobblestone courtyard framed by green linden trees and an intricately decorated castle. I’m in a pocket-sized one-bedroom apartment and although it is behind the Place des Vosges in Paris, by the looks of it I could be in Normandy or Toulouse, even Vermont. For that matter, there is no real way for me to know the year is 2014: save for the circle-pronged electrical outlet tucked behind my dresser, I could be waking up in the eighteenth century. In the haze of the early morning, these things tend to meld together.

The feeling of placelessness is a bit like a dream: the heightened romance, the intense brooding, the inherently transitory nature of the whole affair. Placelessness happens…

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Medieval Selfies

Love the idea that mankind has changed so little. Medieval man made beer, was charitable, and created selfies.


Self-portraits of medieval book artisans are as exciting as they are rare. In the age before the modern camera there were limited means to show others what you looked like. In the very late medieval period, when the Renaissance spirit was already felt in the air, some painters made self-portraits or included themselves in paintings commissioned by others. Stunningly, the medieval painter Jan van Eyck showed himself in the portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance: he is staring at you from the mirror that is hanging behind the couple. For those who still didn’t get it, he painted above it Johannes de eyck fuit hic, Jan van Eyck was here” (Fig. 1, more here). He added the date 1434 to the picture, making it a particularly early selfie.

Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance, 1434 (right) and mirror detail (left) Fig. 1 – Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and fiance (right)  and mirror detail (left)

As far as producers of books is concerned, there were only two kinds…

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How a craft beer helped me change the world!

Just starting out on this journey – to explore beer, books and animal rescue – not necessarily all at once but…..

We all know that Colorado brews great beer – but did you know the breweries have great hearts too?

Me neither – until I discovered The Brew Dogs of Colorado

BrewDogsBookThe Brew Dogs of Colarado must be the greatest book ever – and I’ve read many of the greats on beer –

“The best beer is where priests go to drink. For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.” — William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale

“I tell you, Mr. Okada, a cold beer at the end of the day is the best thing life has to offer. Some choosy people say that a too cold beer doesn’t taste good, but I couldn’t disagree more. The first beer should be so cold you can’t even taste it. The second one should be a little less chilled, but I want that first one to be like ice. I want it to be so cold my temples throb with pain. This is my own personal preference of course.” — Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

“Terence O’Ryan heard him and straightway brought him a crystal cup full of the foaming ebon ale which the noble twin brothers Bungiveagh and Bungardilaun brew ever in their divine alevats, cunning as the sons of deathless Leda. For they garner the succulent berries of the hop and mass and sift and bruise and brew them and they mix therewith sour juices and bring the must to the sacred fire and cease not night or day from their toil, those cunning brothers, lords of the vat.” — James Joyce, Ulysses

Glad they like their beer – but this is better.  It’s a big beautiful “coffee table” book (beer table?) with big beautiful pictures.

The breweries and Colorado have the best people.  These breweries both rescue dogs and donate to animal causes: the proceeds from this book go to DreamPower Animal rescue in Colorado Springs.  And the books are beautiful.  The photography is superb – and you get information about each brewery, their eco credentials, awards they’ve won and a peep at the wonders of Colorado’s landscape at times. But most importantly you meet the dogs.


Come, join me in raising a glass (buying a book?) to Colorado’s brewers and their work towards a better world for dogs.