Posts Tagged: beer

Can Beer Save Bookstores?

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Independent booksellers face plenty of competition from national chains and the Internet, but a new kind of hybrid store might offer a model that Amazon can never replicate: bookstore bars. Niamh Ni Mahoileoin writes over at ZY that successful bar-bookstores tap into their local communities, becoming partners in neighborhood life:

Events are also essential to the bookstore bar model, establishing them as vibrant community spaces rather than straight retail operations.

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Really, Really Old Beer

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One of the highlights of my time living in San Francisco was the 9 months I worked part time at Anchor Brewing. I learned more about beer in those nine months than in all the time previous and since, and was fascinated by the story of their Sumerian beer project, an attempt in 1988 to recreate man’s first professionally brewed beer based on a recipe found on some tablets from Mesopotamia in something called “Hymn to Ninkasi.” It was a one time brew, and some of the brewers and other long-timers talked about the experience as an interesting experience, but said that the beer wasn’t anything outstanding.

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