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Notes on a Beermat: Drinking and Why It's Nescessary Paperback – Sep 16 2008

3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (Sept. 16 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554682568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554682560
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #579,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A truly wonderful book from beginning to end, hugely comic, delightfully acerbic, gloriously discursive and staggeringly well informed. In short, it is very like an evening with Mr. Pashley himself, but cheaper and with fewer trips to the men's room." -- --From the foreword by BILL BRYSON

"Perhaps the greatest endorsement I can give Notes on a Beermat is that after reading only a few pages, I was overcome by a powerful urge to run up the road to the local pub and finish the book there." -- --From STEPHEN BEAUMONT, worldofbeer.com

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"Perhaps the greatest endorsement I can give Notes on a Beermat is that after reading only a few pages, I was overcome by a powerful urge to run up the road to the local pub and finish the book there."

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This book is not for everyone. If your favourite beer is Molson Canadian or Labatt Blue, this book is not for you.

It's a book for beer-lovers with a sense of humour, and those who like a good story. Some of my favourite sections include 'The Subway Game', as well as ruminations on bar staff, music in pubs, the history of beer, beer culture, and beers with actual flavour. It's a breezy read best enjoyed with your favourite microbrew.

As for the author himself, while he has his opinions about what a true pub should be, he never comes across as anything more than a charming, witty gent who'd love to tell you a story (or three) over a pint... (or three)

This is, after all, a humour book. And as with any humour book, your ultimate opinion will be formed by whether or not you thought it was funny.

It would make a fine addition to the true beer-lover's book collection. It's not written for anyone else.
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I don't even remember where I first read about this book but I know that it had been on my wish list for a while. It's a wonderfully-entertaining read and most amusing in parts and I would almost suggest that even the non-beer drinker would enjoy it. Almost. As noted, if you happen to be a fan of Coors Lite then you will probably be offended by some of the remarks made within but after all what would be the point of writing a book about a bland, no make that tasteless, brew?
This is not a beer guide - it's more about beer culture really - and the author does not try to pass himself off as anything more than someone who happens to live in Toronto and enjoys a real beer in a nice environment. To Grouchy, all I can respond is "Mr Pot, are you familiar with my friend Mr Kettle?"
If you're a Canadian who enjoys great beer and a dry wit, you'll enjoy this book. I'm recommending it to all my beer-drinking friends. (And no, I don't live in Toronto but I'm looking forward to visiting some of the places mentioned in the book).
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Quite possibly the worst book I have ever read. If it hadn't been a gift I wouldn't have finished 20 pages. Pashley is an elitist, pure and simple, who will whine about anything and everything under the sun that doesn't coincide with his "quiet library with brass taps" model of a pub. Yes, he's honestly shocked that the majority of pub-goers in today's world actually enjoy having music, meals, and sports to watch in their bars.

He starts off talking about his love of craft breweries, but cannot pass up any opportunity to proclaim the evils of InBev, Carlsberg, and Molson. It doesn't stop there, either. He complains about things that have no place being discussed in a beer book - everything from Boston and The Police songs to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis movies to Kaiser buns. Any music that doesn't have a brass section is meaningless noise, in his eyes.

There's one part where he complains about an annoying, bragging wine-expert. Look in a mirror, buddy. You just drink from a differently-shaped glass.

Pashley makes himself out to be some sort of world traveler who's sampled the beers of the world, but he's not. He's been to Toronto, New York, England, and Belgium. That's it. He spends the whole time talking about Canada with respect to Toronto, and then 7/8 of the way through, he finally deigns to spend one chapter talking about other Canadian breweries. I don't personally hold the "anti-Toronto" sentiment that the rest of us Canadians are expected to have, but his book does nothing to affirm that.

Sure, I enjoy craft beers. Sure, I play trumpet and enjoy jazz and read books. But I also like the big beers, rock music, and action movies. And even if I didn't, I wouldn't want to hear his opinions on those things in a beer book. Pashley is a grumpy, chubby old stick-in-the-mud using his medium as a desperate measure to get people to adopt his outdated outlook on life.
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