7 Drink Books for the Beach

The best of beer-, wine-, and spirit-filled reads for the summer

Seeing as you're surely already planning to kick back with a good book this summer — and obviously, a good wine, beer, or cocktail — why not combine the two? Summer's the time to pick up a great book dedicated to your drink of choice; here are our picks for books that we're excited to read. 

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game by Edward Achorn

Obviously, there's no better time to think about baseball and beer than summer. And we're loving this historical account of just how closely tied beer, drinks, and baseball are together. The "Beer and Whiskey Circuit" helped make baseball what it is today — and it sort of makes us want to toast a great beer to the men who made it possible. 

300 More Beers to Try Before You Die! by Roger Protz

Want to drool a bit while on the beach? The companion volume to the original book, 300 Beers to Try Before You Die, with comprehensive lists and details of beers around the globe, just might help kick off your summer beer bucket list. (But don't kick over your summer beer bucket.) 

The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers by Adem Tepedelen

If you really want a true bucket list of beer, you'll definitely want to pick this up. With all the crazy beers on the market today, Tepedelen defines the weirdest and wackiest that will inspire the most adventurous beer drinkers out there. 

Shaken Not Stirred: A Boozy Quiz by Graham Tarrant

Want to test your cocktail knowledge? Consider this book a fun game for all on the beach or at a party. Sample questions: Which Highland glen was famous for its whisky smugglers? How many times is Irish whiskey normally distilled? What do armagnac and the French musketeer d’Artagnan have in common? (Yes, they'll get tougher the more you drink.) 

The Wine Savant: A Guide to the New Wine Culture by Michael Steinberger

What does the new culture of wine look like? That's what Steinberger aims to answer, as the world of wine is constantly changing. While both intellectually stimulating for the knowledgeable wine drinkers and accessible for the new oenophiles, there's something for everyone to unpack today's biggest wine questions. 

Sonoma Wine & the Story of Buena Vista by Charles Sullivan

If you love California wines, this book is for you. Sullivan details the first winery in Sonoma, Buena Vista, and the impact of California's wine region over the time. While it's a lot of wine history for a casual reader, it's an engaging narrative that will keep your attention. 

Caffe Lena: Inside America's Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse by Jocelyn Arem


Music lovers and coffee lovers alike will geek out over the history of Caffe Lena, the venue that once housed a young Bob Dylan, among other musicians. Caffe Lena, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., enacpsulated a moment in American folk, thought, and music that can be found in Arem's new book.