Great books and great beer – what a combination. This year at Marple Book Fair, we worked with our friends at Beer Traders in Marple to put together a range of craft beers with some classic books and the result was fantastic.
It was great to see so many people getting involved on the night; trying out drinks they may never have tried, engaging others in conversations about literature and reminiscing about their time spent with books like The Witches by Roald Dahl and On The Road by Jack Kerouac (one of my personal favourite books!)
Drinks and conversations flowed all night and we couldn’t have asked for a better start to an amazing week of events. We know a lot of you wanted to know which books and beers were paired together (and why), so below is a handy guide to both.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac | Shindigger West Coast Pale Ale (4.7% ABV)
Bright and fresh tasting, Shindigger’s West Coast Pale Ale complements the amazing Californian landscape as described by Kerouac in On The Road. Citrus notes meet sweet caramel and it’s busy hops reflect the ever spontaneous nature of this seminal American novel.
The Witches by Roald Dahl | Wylam Haxan (6.2% ABV)
A dark and aromatic beer, Wylam Haxan pairs perfectly with the darker tones of Roald Dahl’s classic. A children’s book it may be, but The Witches still manages to spook us even now. With its blend of sharp, burnt flavours it wouldn’t surprise us if you told us this was brewed in a cast iron cauldron either.
Lord of the Flies by William Goulding | Weird Beard Little Things That Kill (3.9% ABV)
The name Little Things That Kill perfectly sums up Lord of the Flies and this beer captures the tropical fruit flavours you might find on an island like these boys find themselves marooned on. Thankfully, once opened this wonderfully hoppy, golden ale doesn’t descend into anything evil and there is no chance of the downfall of society either.
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll | Madhatter Tzatziki Sour (4.5% ABV)
A beer that doesn’t taste like a beer is possibly the perfect pairing with Lewis Carroll’s psychedelic classic. Nothing is as it seems in Wonderland and the same can be said with the Taziki Sour, it’s cucumber, mint, and yoghurt flavours and it’s refreshingly sour aftertaste. This is definitely one for The Mad Hatter, courtesy of Liverpool’s Mad Hatter Brewing Company.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy | Kernal Pale Ale Citra Galaxy (5.2% ABV)
Everything about Kernal feels both perfectly British and incredibly modern – just like The Hitchhiker’s Guide. Kernal’s classicly understated presentation belies the range of flavours found in all of their beers and their Galaxy Citra Pale is quite the journey through flavour. Definitely, something to keep with you at all times, right next to your towel.