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Ultimate 6er | Beers and Books for Summer Reading

Ultimate 6er | Beers and Books for Summer Reading
Emma Wargolet

In recent years, books written by comedians about their own lives have become extremely popular. From Amy Poehler’s Yes Please to Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, these books of essays blend humor, life lessons, and important experiences into a relatively quick read. With shelter in place orders still set in place, what better way to spend your time than with a delicious beer and an entertaining book?

The below books are focused on those of BIPOC authors; you can find your local Black-owned bookstore here to support Black-owned businesses!

Phoebe Robinson | You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Have to Explain

Freedom of Expression | Revolution Brewing

Stats: 4.5% ABV, can also be enjoyed while watching or listening to 2 Dope Queens

The latest in Revolution’s “Freedom of” line, the Freedom of Expression is a refreshing Session Sour with strawberry and rhubarb. The perfect amount of tart, it’s a great summer beer to open up while reading a new book. Phoebe Robinson, a comedian known for her acerbic wit and an ability to describe anything with hilarity, is the epitome of Freedom of Expression. You Can’t Touch My Hair is a wonderful compilation of essays about her experiences as a Black woman in America, and if you follow her on Instagram, you’ll learn a lot, both about social justice and Bono from U2.


Ali Wong | Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life

Cobra Nerde | Marz Community Brewing Co.

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A few weeks ago, we opened the doors to Reuben Kincaid's Marzcade at the taproom with the help of our friends at @logan_arcade. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are releasing a beer this weekend in collaboration with Logan Arcade at both of our joints. Cobra Nerde is a Wild Ale with Green Coffee, Peach and Tangerine at 6% ABV In honor of this 2-Player campaign, we brewed a beer to keep you hydrated while you mash buttons or tilt your way to the high score. We used Zespy's favorite gaming beverage, Cobra Verde, for inspiration, bittering the beer with green coffee beans, then adding fresh peach and tangerine puree while in the tanks. A complex but approachable sour, with notes of roasted jalapenos (without the heat), citrus rind (without the bitterness),and fresh fruit (without the seeds). #ExtraLife #BonusRound #twotonecomics made the art

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Stats: 6% ABV, not named after “Baby Cobra”

The Cobra Nerde, a Wild Ale from Marz Community Brewing Co., is complex and full of unique flavors, including green coffee, peach, and tangerine. There are also notes of jalapeños, citrus rind, and fresh fruit. Much like this beer, Dear Girls from Ali Wong hits you right away. Addressed to her daughters, she offers unfiltered wisdom on a wide range of topics, from marriage to being a female working in comedy.


Trevor Noah | Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Treasure Bath | Illuminated Brew Works

Stats: 8% ABV, feel free to drink Daily

A Double IPA out of Illuminated Brew Works, Treasure Bath is refreshing and interesting. With pineapple, mango, red current, and raspberry, as well as Rakau and Mandarina Bavaria hops, it is unlike many DIPA’s on the market. This is also what you get with Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime. Many do not have the opportunity to hear from someone who grew up mixed during the apartheid era; Noah’s memoir grants readers the opportunity to do so, all while infusing the humor that he brings as the host of The Daily Show.


Issa Rae | The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Bel Air Sour | Brooklyn Brewery

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Turning tables, turning heads 🎛️🍻

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Stats: 4.5% ABV, may help you feel less Insecure

The Bel Air Sour from Brooklyn Brewery is a year-round delight. A Sour Ale with tropical fruit, the tart finish is the perfect ending to the crispness of the beer. Named after Issa Rae’s web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book you can pick up at any point and find joy in Rae’s life. Witty and self-deprecating, you’ll find yourself coming back for more, just like you will the Bel Air Sour.


W. Kamau Bell | The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Rise of The Angels | 18th Street Brewery

Stats: 7.7% ABV, zero confirmation that Denzel Washington has had this beer

Rise of the Angels, a Double IPA from 18th Street Brewery, is a beer you can count on to be good. Brewed with Warrior, Amarillo, and Falconer’s Flight hops and finished with grapefruit, it is a solid flagship beer. Similarly, W. Kamau Bell’s Awkward Thoughts should be a flagship for essay collections. Equal parts hilarious and informative, Bell tackles aspects of being Black that everyone should spend time learning about, ideally with a Rise of the Angels in hand.


Samantha Irby | We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Whirlycaster | Roaring Table Brewing Co.

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cheers to a little sneak peak to my next @porchdrinkingco article 🍻 there are some things I cannot resist & an essay compilation by BIPOC and/or female comedians is one of them 📚 ideally placed in a color-coordinated bookshelf, naturally 🌈 another is the sour IPA that is Whirlycaster from @roaringtable 🍻 brewed with blackberries, peaches, milk sugar, vanilla & hibiscus then dry-hopped, there is not one misstep with this beer 🍑 • • • • • • #CraftBeer #Beer #Brewery #CraftBrewery #IllinoisBeer #DrinkIllinois #DrinkLocal #SupportLocal #Books #Essays #BlackAuthors #BeerAndBooks #Bookstagram #BeersOfInstagram #BeerPairing #SourBeer #CraftBeerLover #WomenInBeer #Reading #SummerBooks

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Stats: 6.8% ABV, evil cat not included

Whirlycaster, a Sour IPA from Roaring Table Brewing Co., is as interesting as Samantha Irby. A raw, unboiled ale that was brewed with blackberries, peaches, milk sugar, vanilla and hibiscus and then dry-hopped with Mosaic, you know it’s good right from the first sip. The beer then just continues to grow on you, much like Irby’s We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. With frank, yet somehow comedic, discussions on mental health, chronic pain, and parental death, this book just keeps you wanting more. Fortunately, you can check out her other books Meaty; New Year, Same Trash; and Wow, No Thank You.

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Reading is the best way to hear from different voices and to learn about new things. Actively looking for books written by BIPOC authors is a great start, whether it be a book of essays, science fiction, a biography, a classic, or nonfiction. The above books offer a variety of voices that deserve to be heard, while also making anyone who reads their work laugh. 

Additionally, in the coming weeks, Weathered Souls’ Black Is Beautiful collaborative effort will be coming out across the country through many breweries. Find out which of your local breweries will be brewing this stout and pair it up with any of the books listed above!

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