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Alcoholica Esoterica: A Collection of Useful and Useless Information As It Relates to the History andConsumption of All Manner of Booze
 
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Alcoholica Esoterica: A Collection of Useful and Useless Information As It Relates to the History andConsumption of All Manner of Booze [Format Kindle]

Ian Lendler

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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 intoxicating whimsy.



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 Manhattan?




that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock because the sailors on the Mayflower were running low on beer and were tired of sharing?




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?




Book Description

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 intoxicating whimsy.

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 Manhattan?
• that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock because the sailors on the Mayflower were running low on beer and were tired of sharing?
• 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?

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2079 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 292 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0143035975
  • Editeur : Penguin Books (27 septembre 2005)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B001NGN2BY
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 From the Washington Post Book Review 4 novembre 2005
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"Alcoholica Esoterica offers the dish on every type of spirit in the liquor cabinet, from absinthe to vodka, and in "Mount Lushmore" assembles a Drunkards' Hall of Fame that enshrines Dean Martin, W.C. Fields, Dorothy Parker, Humphrey Bogart and Winston Churchill. The book's shape -- 4 by 8 inches -- makes it easy to remove from a back pocket while parked on a bar stool. But Lendler recognizes the danger: He warns readers they could turn into Cliff Clavin, the trivia-spouting mailman of TV's "Cheers." "I learned tons of interesting anecdotes and facts" while researching the book, Lendler writes. "I was the nightmare of every party."

His book is loaded with bar-bet-ready snippets of infotainment. Did you know, for instance, that folks back in the day boozed so often because water was fetid and alcohol killed the germs? Or that Johnny Appleseed was traipsing through the 18th-century wilderness planting apple trees to be "used for one reason and one reason only -- to make hard cider"? These tidbits are habit-forming. One is too many and a dozen aren't enough."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good to the last drop 29 septembre 2005
Par Funky Mom - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Alright, sorry for the bad pun, but this is a very funny book. The bartender at my local pub was reading this and I joined it. I didn't know half this stuff. I especially loved the part about the brewery in england in the 1800's that built the biggest beer vat ever seen. Too bad it burst and sent a wall of beer down the street wiping out buildings and people too!

i totally recomend this.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kirkus Review 29 septembre 2005
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"A ridiculously entertaining collection of alcohol-related facts and tidbits, gathered together and chuckled over by Ian Lendler.

In this wry book of alcoholic anecdotes, Lendler covers significant ground in the Land of Booze. One moment he tenders a neat little bar trick-drop a raisin in a glass of champagne and it will circulate in perpetual motion from the bottom of the glass to the top and back again-then delivers, still in a jazzy tone, a compact history of fortified wines. There are vest-pocket profiles of giants he would carve on Mount Lushmore-W.C. Fields, Humphrey Bogart, Dean Martin, Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill-and scads of useless information to while away happy hour: how many berries, herbs, roots and flowers are required for making vermouth; the origin of the word "binge"; why Oktoberfest is called Oktoberfest even though it's celebrated in September; and some profoundly disturbing hangover-cure hokum, such as ground swallow's beaks in myrrh (ancient Assyria) and rubbing half a lemon in the pit of your drinking arm (Puerto Rico).

Raise a glass to Lendler, then grab the nearest person you can find and reel off a few tidbits from this collection of gloriously mirthful arcana. "
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Have For Any Drink Aficionado's Library 28 mars 2008
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This was a fun book to read and reread from cover to cover. Each chapter was entertaining and informative with interesting tid-bits, historical caveats, and famous quotes. If you want to impress (or bore) your friends with seldom-known facts or off-the-wall stories about their favorite drink, then buy this book. This book is the best accompiament to a good dram of single malt scotch.
Cheers!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 this is one seriously dense, funny book 19 octobre 2005
Par Boozy Smurf - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm not sure whether this book is better read in the bathroom or in a bar. it's got all teh quick funny info that you expect from good bathroom reading, but it makes you wanna grab a beer while you're reading it. But in a good way, not some degenerate, Bukowksi kinda thing. Seriously, when this book isn't being funny, it's telling interesting history. Two pints up!
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One must be drunk. . . . If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time that breaks your shoulders and bows you to the earth, you must intoxicate yourself unceasingly. But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, your choice. But intoxicate yourself. CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH POET &quote;
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bar is short for barrier, as in the thing that keeps the customers from getting at all the booze. It was shortened to bar at the end of the sixteenth century. &quote;
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