First published in 2001 to national acclaim, Notes on a
Beermat is Nicholas Pashleys ode to the amber nectar of the
gods, a witty meditation on beer and everything that goes with
itfrom 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
Whether youre out for an after-work drink with
colleagues or youre 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 hes ever had will leave you laughing into your
So this fellow walks into a bar, right? Then he walks into
another bar. And yet another bar. Repeat this action for 35 years.
And thats how this book got written. . . .
This is a book about drinking. Now, weve seen a
number of books about drinking in recent years, most of them
telling either sad or inspirational stories about the perils of
alcohol and the overcoming thereof.
This is not one of those books.
From Notes on a Beermat