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Happy new year, beer-y bookworms! My plan was to talk about new year’s resolutions so new beer? Well, not exactly. Maybe my 2015 life lesson should be about going with the flow more because that’s just what I did. My husband surprised me with a beer we had never had one day this week, even if it’s a type I’m quite familiar with.

I’m a caffeine-a-holic so I was thrilled to find out James had discovered some Schlafly Coffee Stout from the largest brewery in St. Louis at our local grocery store. What a find! I am not lying when I say I could not fall asleep the night I had some of this because it super pepped me up. This coffee stout is brewed with actual French coast coffee from St. Louis’s local roaster. This is GOOD stuff and I can’t wait to have some with my pizza tonight. Now for a book…

Schlafly Coffee Stout and Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu was one of my favorite reads from last year. Why am I pairing it with this coffee stout? Well, Tab, the main character in LBC is the child of two parents who own an adorable coffeehouse in the Vermont mountains called Tea Cozy. Corey made the place seem so real in the book (and delicious) that I would most certainly be hanging out there if it existed. (Damn you, fiction.) So we have the warm, comforting drinks but to fit in with the new year’s resolution portion of this Pub Date… we also have a character who has been ditched by her best friends for reasons she cannot control and finds herself drawn to an online community where she can post her secrets and be forced to act on them.

It’s not Tab’s smartest move so I guess this is a little reminder that we are all going to make some mistakes this year. As much as we want to make it the best ever, it’s inevitable. So it’s important to be brave and thoughtful and human and compassionate. LBC’s reading experience paired with the reactions that build due to this online community and its expectations are sure to produce some very interesting feelings and, this new year, I want you to be open to embracing those. It’s important as a reader and as a person who is coming in contact with different people and situations each and every day.

Be kind and listen. Bravery comes in many forms.


I’d love to hear about your own resolutions & any yummy drinks you’ve loved lately.

Be safe and be good!

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