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Alcoholica Esoterica: A Collection of Useful and Useless Information As It Relates to the History andC onsumption of All Manner of Booze

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Finally, there’s a book that’s almost as much fun as having a couple of drinks. Alcoholica Esoterica presents the history and culture of booze as told by a writer with a knack for distilling all the boring bits into the most interesting facts and hilarious tales. It’s almost like pulling up a stool next to the smartest and funniest guy in the bar. Divided into chapters cov

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Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 2005)
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Jeff Guertin
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book is awesome. Being a homebrewer, I already knew most of the history of beer. But I knew nothing about how wine, sake, and all the other spirits came to exist. This book does a really good job of giving a thorough, but still concise, history of all types of booze, as well as funny anecdotes, quotes, etc.
Annie
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think a book on interesting alcohol trivia should be a little more... interesting. This could have been done better. Most of it was 1) things everyone already knows (hey did you know rum is made from molasses and was successful only because of the slave trade?) or 2) simply boring (Did you know Campari was invented by a cafe owner named Gaspare Campari in 1860? No, I didn't, but I also don't give a fuck). Still, I did get a few interesting talking points for my next trip to the bar (...two hou ...more
Angel
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: alcoholic spirits enthusiasts, trivia buffs
An entertaining little book with a lot of trivia and little historical tidbits on alcoholic spirits and related topics. Book's arrangement starts with chapters on major alcoholic spirits: rum, vodka, gin, so on. Then it goes on with other pieces of trivia arranged by topic, such as religion and alcohol, the British Navy, and even a bit on temperance and AA. The latter part of the book did not seems as engaging as the earlier parts, maybe because by then some of the stuff seemed like filler. For ...more
Starla Huchton
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I don't often read non-fiction stuff, but I heard about this one via an author interview, possibly on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart or could've been NPR. Not only was this book amazingly informative, but astoundingly entertaining and well written. It feels like a really long, interesting conversation with one of those witty people you could listen to for hours. It's also one of the few books I've recommended to several real people. Even if you don't enjoy alcohol at all, you will enjoy this bo ...more
Elia
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. A short history on every major variety of alcohol (beer, wine, whisky, bourbon, cordials, vodka etc) and some of their sub genre's (lager, pilsner, champagne, sherry etc). The author has a very funny style, inserting his own opinions and bad jokes into the fascinating historical facts. Easy read, go section by section or just pick your favorite drinks.
Megan
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Brilliantly written and fascinating for any lover of any type of drink. Lendler points out himself that if you want a serious, hoity-toity guide to drinks, then this is the wrong book. But if you enjoy an irreverent attitude and learning at the same time, this is excellent.
Tina Marie
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Michael Huang
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BS to add to my repertoire of nonsense that I spill out when drunk.
Justine
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So many fun facts and stories in this book. In a nutshell: booze is the backbone of every society around the world.
Jen
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jen by: Cora
Shelves: trivia
Did you know that when gin hit London, it caused the equivalent of the American crack epidemic? True story.
Bridget
Nov 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like their booze
This is a great entertaining little book. I really enjoyed it
Jessica
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
A fun history of every type of alcohol you can think of, without being boring or stuck up.
Ian
Feb 04, 2008 rated it liked it
My review on LibraryThing
Toni
Aug 28, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: any of you booze hounds
This book has been greatly entertaining and has inspired me to start drinking wine.
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Tiatool
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great refference and funny facts. What everyone should know about spirits.
Greg Walden
The butler began as the "bottler," the most important servant in the house.
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