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Book-Beer Pairing: A Brief History of Seven Killings

If a book ever cried out for an alcoholic beverage, it is this one.  I wanted something tropical and refreshing so I selected Council Brewing Pineapple Tart Saison.

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Saisons tend to be sour, low ABV (this one was only 4% making it wildly inappropriate for the book) are super carbonated, and often have some kind of a fruity component.  In this case Pineapple.  Supposedly this is killer on tap, but it wasn’t great in the bottle.  I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.  I got the sour, but didn’t get the pineapple at all.  I’ve had other Council Saisons I’ve liked much better than this, but it really would be a good beer for sitting on the beach in Jamaica….

And if you were a character in A Brief History of Seven Killings, you’d likely lift the bottle to your lips and be killed in some horrific fashion.  Bumbaclot!

I started reading this book right around the time the Man Booker Prize was announced and after 60 pages, I realized that the dialect was going to kill me, so I decided to do the audio.  I spent a lot of time in Jamaica in the ’80’s and I felt I had enough of a handle on the Patois that the audio would be a breeze.  It wasn’t.

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