a beer book

when I was in college, I took a course on wine and culture. yep, a full credit class dedicated to exploring wine in it’s entirety while sipping on tastings of at least 4 or 5 ounce pours of wine each class period. drinking at school = an amazing concept.
anyway, throughout the course of the class, we took evaluations on each of the wines we tasted and compiled them together into a book which we created. there was no limit to our creativity, we were just told that the better we displayed the styles, our tastings, and evaluations, the better our grade. I covered an old ring binder with watercolor paper and painted a bunch of red grapes onto the cover. then I separated each style of wine into sections in my book, filed under red and white wines, and ordered by body. sauvignon blanc fell first starting off the whites, and syrah and zinfandel ended the reds. the book was concluded with some fortified wine – port, sherry, and madeira. I enjoyed making that book, and I still enjoy going back to look at my illustrations of wine glasses and evaluations of each wine.
if you don’t already know, dlb and I are big beer drinkers. we’ve tasted close to 300 different beers. in the fall of 2006, we started a beer book, with labels saved from all of the different beers that we’ve tasted. the label is placed inside the book along with the brewery information, website, and a little evaluation of it. I’ve often wondered what we will do with it if we ever decide to stop saving labels. then this morning I found this.

this neat little book by Joe McLaren made me think of my wine book and it’s illustrations and descriptions. it gave me inspiration on what to do with our labels. to compile them into a new, better book and describe each style, as I once described each grape. since we have so many labels, my thought is to highlight beers from each style for the book, and maybe include some of the pretty labels too – yes, I tend to judge a new beer by the label.
{from joe mclaren, joe mclaren via a book by it’s cover}


5 Responses to “a beer book”

  1. Alya said:

    i dont drink, but ur book sounds like a fun project!

  2. Catherine said:

    mm beer, everytime you write about beer I feel like one! Wow 300 is a lot of different ones to try. I imagine i would have only ever had about 10 different ones, tend to stick to the same one. I think a book is a great idea to keep track of them all and rememer your tastings!

  3. jenny said:

    that’s so awesome! i wish my college offered that class! i’m not a big beer drinker, but i love wine. i’m curious to see the book you made–it sounds amazing.

  4. michelle {lovely.little.things} said:

    I love it!

  5. Krissy said:

    I am not quite sure how I found your blog, but I love it! oh, and I like beer so I thought I’d comment on this post! Your label book sounds fun- I think the hub and I need to do that!

    *Nice to meet you over the interwebs!