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A tall pint of fiction

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I bet you’re a pretty literary person. I bet you’ve thumbed through important tomes, first-edition prints and all the latest New York Times bestsellers. I bet you even have a tattoo of your favorite esoteric fictional character that you like to explain in great detail to people you meet at the bar. But, I bet you’ve never brewed beer with pages from “Moby Dick.”

“Powell’s Books and Rogue Ales and Spirits, two unique Oregon businesses, have collaborated to create a beer that’s dedicated to everyone with a thirst for books and artisan craft beer—White Whale Ale,” reads a recent (and dead-serious) Rogue press release. Yes, to celebrate Powell’s 41st anniversary, the brewery made a beer with pages torn from “Moby Dick.” And we thought we were being clever when we paired Herman Melville’s novel with Cisco White Tale Pale Ale.

So if this is a thing, then allow me to make a few suggestions for any of you homebrewers looking to craft your very own book beer (as opposed to beer book):

* The chain-smoking folks in “On the Road” will jazz up your next rauchbier.
* Holden Caulfield’s bitter bent on life in “The Catcher in the Rye” is best suited for a rye-spiked IPA. Bonus points for being punny.
* Dust bowl era “The Grapes of Wrath” will lend a spiritual dryness to your next farmhouse ale. More bonus points if it’s aged in Chardonnay barrels.
* “Reader’s Digest” and a light American lager—no explanation needed.

What book do you really, really want to drink?


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.


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