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B Is for Beer by Tom Robbins
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B is for Beer is a reasonable read. The book is listed as a children's book for adults, and an adult book for children, but the long passages of explanation make it more suitable for adults, perhaps people just getting ready to explore beer.

Robbins has a lot of fun with the story, and readers are expected to have fun too. There are some familiar Robbins shticks, but the book goes slowly at points.

If you don't know much about beer and how it is made, and you have a sense of whimsy, this is a decent book. Robbins simplifies certain aspects of beer that are controversial - such as where it originated and what water hardness is best for which beers. He doesn't get into the sticky questions of how to make lager with hard water, or stout with soft water, and he passes by a too-easy joke about alcohol being yeast poop.

For whatever reason, I read the book without a pint of beer in hand. Perhaps, like chocolate, the book is better with beer.
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