Book Review: The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution by Jonathan Hennessey

Title: The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing
Author: Jonathan Hennessey
My Rating: ♥♥♥

I was pretty excited when my bookclub chose this book to read. I do love beer. I can’t say that graphic novels are my favourite or that I’ve read a lot of them, but I do usually find them quite entertaining. But something just fell flat with this one for me, rather like the draft that they seem to serve up at a lot of bars in this city…

Still, I’m giving it 3 stars because I felt like I learned some things about why monks in The Comic Book Story of BeerEurope brew so much beer, and about a few of the different kinds of beer. It’s just that it felt like the book spent a lot of time going over ancient history, with facts that the book itself admitted were not 100% proven to be true.

I would have loved to see a bit more about beers around the world, rather than a focus on Europe and the US. And when it came to modern beers, it was really focused solely on the US. Aren’t there different beer cultures out there elsewhere in the world?

I did also enjoy the illustrations, of course. I thought they were quite well done. A picture does tell 1000 words, after all.

Maybe my expectations were just too high going into this one. But in the end it left me feeling kind of meh.