Ashley lives in New York, Anne Minnesota. Each month we send each other one care package in the mail: a book plus a beer to match. The Beer & Book Exchange is a fun way for us to keep connecting over books (not that we need the help). Plus, who doesn’t love getting packages?!
Ashley’s Beer & Book
Book: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Beer: Cygnus X-1 Porter | Flat Earth Brewing Co.
Why Anne shipped it:
I went a little crazy with this box! I wanted to do a really strong theme, and started with the book because the cover is pretty gorgeous and I know Ashley liked These Broken Stars. The Leeloo was somewhat unintentional — I bought her for myself, but when she came in the same box as the book, well she matched so well! And, I knew Ashley would love her.
As for the beer, Cygnus is a really good stout from a local brewery I LOVE. I was pretty confident in this pairing, and you can’t beat the thematic resonance.
I knew Anne was up to something because she kept sending me excitable cisco and text messages, just waiting for me to tell her I received my box. And, it was definitely a surprise! So, I love The Fifth Element…like a lot. Leeloo is the bomb! Anne gets a 5/5 for effort on this one. The beer was perfectly in sync with the sci-fi book, which I’m super excited to read! The Starbound series is actually one of my new favorites and I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the sequel. So, when I saw Leeloo’s bright orange hair staring me in the face, I definitely squealed a few times.
Plus, the beer was sooooooo good!
Anne’s Beer & Book
Book:You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
Beer: Ginormous Imperial IPA | Gigantic Brewing Company
Why Ashley shipped it:
Anne and I went to BEA this past year, and I know she was super bummed when the release of Felicia Day’s book wasn’t actually a release…more like the release of a few chapters. Although she was rockin’ this super cool dinosaur necklace which has been popping up everywhere in Brooklyn. Anyways, I was really excited to see this on Anne’s list and knew she’d enjoy reading about another fellow nerd. I had the damnedest time finding an equally nerdy beer. There are tons of wine and liquor stores nearby, but my only option for beer is Whole Foods. I did my best with an Optimus Prime looking one, and made sure it wasn’t a sour. Read the reason why here.
I am so excited to read this! Ashley heard me bemoan the fact that they were only giving away excerpts at BEA. I did not want to stand in line for a few chapters, but walked by later to peek at Ms Day. She is awesome, and I can’t wait to read this book!
I know Ashley didn’t think the beer matched at first, but I contest that it does. It is totally internet geeky — it has a robot on it! I am looking forward to drinking it, I really do love IPAs.