A Beer Bedtime Story

Picture books aren’t just for kids anymore, as evidenced by works like All My Friends Are Dead, anything by Edward Gorey, and of course, Go the F**k to Sleep, which went viral in 2011 when readings by celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson and Werner Herzog started popping up online. I got a good chuckle recently as I flipped through Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd (a silly parody of the children’s classic Goodnight Moon, as the title suggests), so I was undoubtedly excited to hear about the release of a “pitcher book for grown-ups” called Goodnight Brew, celebrating our shared love for beer.

Goodnight Brew book cover

Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People (Bailiwick Press) – Written by Ann E. Briated, Illustrated by Allie Ogg

My favorite characters in Goodnight Brew, the hops wildebeest in his charming I ❤ IPA shirt and the walrus, a “baritone brewer with a foamy mustache,” invoke visions of brew masters I’ve encountered over the years, and I know that I’ll never look at home brewers quite the same way again. What I appreciate about the book, apart from it’s silly verse, are the colorfully illustrated views of the brewing process.

Goodnight Brew

Brew Basics_Goodnight Brew

Some of us are visual learners, and perhaps some of us learn best through laughter, but I think we could all benefit from becoming friendly with a few more “black bears named Charlie with their sweet malted barley,” and in all seriousness, we can all learn a thing or two from the growing communities of beer lovers everywhere.

Question for readers: If you had to come up with a clever title for the next parody book for beer enthusiasts, what would it be? (Think The Very Thirsty Caterpillar or Diary of a Wimpy Home Brewer, or…)


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