First published in 2001 to national acclaim, Notes on a
Beermat is Nicholas Pashley's ode to the amber nectar of the
gods, a witty meditation on beer and everything that goes with
it-from socializing to the solitary pleasures of a beer and a book,
to the qualities necessary in a good pub.
Most books about beer focus on the beverage itself, how to make
it and how to buy it. Notes on a Beermat, the only
Canadian book of its kind, explains how to drink beer and why it is
absolutely necessary. With characteristic wit and charm, Pashley
observes, for example, that "to ensure a steady and regular supply
of beer, it was necessary to cultivate grain. This in turn
transformed early man from the hunter-gatherer to the
agriculturist. Even then, beer was making people smarter."
Whether you're out for an after-work drink with colleagues or
you're looking for a seat at your favourite watering hole, Pashley
is your guide. His stories about searching for the perfect pub, the
best time of day to drink beer and the silliest pub conversation
he's ever had will leave you laughing into your pint.