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Pub Date: Fall Fest (Brews + a Book)

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Our apartment windows are open; there’s pumpkin spice everywhere. Did you ever notice how people don’t know how to dress when seasons change? Some in shorts, others in boots while all the beer taps have had Oktoberfest and pumpkin-whatever for the last four weeks. (Sigh. The damn holiday creep.) Anyway, I’m glad the cooler weather cooperated with my round of Pub Date. Last week, Brittany kicked us off with a fall brew and I’m up to bat next with one of the books I treasure the most.

Here we go…

Narraganset Fest Lager and Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg

Narragansett Fest Lager = yum. I have never had a fall beer in a can (this is a new development) and I liked that even though this beer was heavier than I’ve been used to all summer, it was still on the light side. This beer is New England’s oldest beer and the official beer of the Red Sox  (I know this makes Andi happy) which segues perfectly into my book pick: Openly Straight (my review from last summer).

Bill Konisberg has created one of my favorite books in the world about a character named Rafe who escapes his open town in Colorado where he is a celebrated gay teenager to a boarding school in New England where he doesn’t want to be defined by his sexuality at all. It works for a time, until it just can’t anymore. New friends, new feelings, and dealing with all he has left behind = a book full of such heart and honesty. Everyone needs to red this, and then pop open a Narragansett. (Lots of baseball jokes in the book too.)

For me more than any other season, fall feels like a new beginning. After sweating through the summer, it’s nice to snuggle into the comfort of your warmer clothes, seeking out the drinks and snacks you forgot about in the summer, and breathing in that fresh air. People go back to school, leaves start to fall from the trees and nothing beats an autumn in the Northeast. (I’m biased, probably.) Rafe’s time at boarding school, and his extreme efforts to keep who he really is a secret because he’s not sure that’s who he should have to be pair so perfectly with a less intense first brew for your fall.

As a bonus recommendation, try out Peak Organic Hop Harvest Oktoberfest.

As always, cheers and happy reading! 🙂

Psst. Don’t forget to leave any of your own fall beer recommendations below!

October 8, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Alexa S. - I just love seeing what beers you guys pick for each Pub Date post! That’s the fun part for me (and a great way for me to find recommendations from y’all). Also, I’ve not yet read Openly Straight, but I definitely want to. Add it to the TBR pile threatening to fall onto my head at any moment!

September 20, 2014 - 3:22 am

Cassie - FALL BEER IN A CAN!?? Can that sentence get better??? I THINK NOT! Plus, I’ve wanted to read this SINCE your review! 😀 I continue to ADORE this feature!!! <3 <3 xxoxoo

September 19, 2014 - 10:49 am

Brianna - Fall is my favorite time of year. We are not yet having fall in Northern Nevada, but I hope it hurries up. I want to wear pants and boots and sweaters. I am tired of dresses and sandals.

September 19, 2014 - 10:17 am

Mary @ BookSwarm - I’m in love with this post concept! As a beer & book lover myself, I have to admit that a good brew with a good book equals a near-perfect afternoon for me. I’m adding both the book and the beer to my to-try list. Cheers!

September 19, 2014 - 9:18 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - This book wasn’t on my radar before but it sounds really interesting! What do you think… Brittany book?
Ahh I get so jealous of everyone else’s local beers. I always feel like Chicagoland doesn’t have a lot of good local brews. But maybe I’m just used to them haha! They both look great! 😀

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