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
covering the basic booze groups-including beer, wine, Champagne,
whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, and tequila-Alcoholica
Esoterica charts the origin and rise of each alcohol's
particular charms and influence. Other sections chronicle "Great
Moments in Hic-story," "Great Country Drinking Songs," "10 Odd
Laws," and "Mt. Lushmore, Parts I-V." Additionally, famous quotes
on the joys and sorrows of liquor offer useful shots of advice and
Did you know...
that the word bar is short for barrier? Yes, that's right-to
keep the customers from getting at all the booze.
that Winston Churchill's mother supposedly invented the
that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock because the sailors
on the Mayflower were running low on beer and were tired of
that you have a higher chance of being killed by a flying
Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider?
that the Code of Hammurabi mandated that brewers of
low-quality beer be drowned in it?
that beer was so popular with medieval priests and monks that
in the thirteenth century they stopped baptizing babies with holy
water and started using beer?