Hi, all! Welcome to back to our feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!
This month’s theme: Music
I had plenty of ideas which book to feature for this month’s Pub Date with a music theme (The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill, The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding) but since Andi featured The Trouble With Destiny and I wasn’t the biggest Reece fan, I started thinking of other books where music was if not a main theme, an important part of the character’s life and I immediately landed on THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. THE NAME OF THE WIND is about a boy named Kvothe and his dream to attend the University to become an arcanist (that is, essentially a magician). Having grown up around music, theatrical performances, and the arts his entire life, one of Kvothe’s most prized possessions is his lute and throughout the book, readers really experience how much music really means to Kvothe and how much it impacts his life. I absolutely love seeing his dedication and passion for his craft and Patrick Rothfuss really does a great job at bringing the musical performances of the book to life. (Also, not going to lie — I really want a set of talent pipes.)
“I took a drink from the tall tankard to give myself a chance to collect my wits, and something wonderful happened in my mouth: cool spring honey, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, pressed grape, burnt apple, sweet pear, and clear well water. That is all I have to say of metheglin.”
I wish I could say the drink I was featuring today was metheglin, a mead featured in the book. I’d love to make a bookish drink when homebrewing someday but I’ve never made a mead before. I’d really love to taste something like it because it sounds absolutely amazing! It’s definitely on my list of things I’d love to brew someday and I’ve dreamed about making a drink from a book but since I read a lot of YA, it’s not like there are too many beers out there, ya know? But hey, that’s what adult fantasy is for and that’s what THE NAME OF THE WIND has me craving!
The awesome thing is that Patrick Rothfuss even wrote up a whoooole blog post about the making of this magical mead including ingredients (!!!) but honestly there are a whole ton of them so that’s another reason why I haven’t made a valiant attempt on producing this yet! It is my dream someday though so my future batch of metheglin is today’s brew of choice. (Cheating, I know.) Cheers!
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- Anti-Hero IPA by Revolution Brewing Company. American IPA // 6.5% ABV. IPAs have really been growing on me and Revolution has some pretty amazing beers. Anti-Hero is one of their flagships and it’s always top-notch.
- Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale by New Belgium Brewing Company. Brown Ale // 6.30% ABV. I will absolutely admit that I bought this sampler back because of this beer. I was super intrigued. At first sip, it just tasted like a brown ale but the more I drank, the more I tasted that chocolate coming through!
- Lavender Wit by Penrose Brewing Company. Witbier // 6.20% ABV. Penrose is a local brewery and I just love their beer. You could definitely taste the lavender here and it was weird to have such a floral taste (well, for me personally — I’m not too much of a floral person) but it was light and delicious!
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