Good Books – Distilled Knowledge

distilled-knowledgeAmerican Craft Beer delivers craft beer news, entertainment and lifestyle 24/7 and because we do, we’re occasionally sent books to review. And we recently received a hilarious book that answers all those timeless questions about drinks and drinking.

Distilled Knowledge: The Science Behind Drinking’s Greatest Myths, Legends, and Unanswered Questions by Brian D Hoefling is an entertaining examination of everything you’ve ever wondered about drinking. And if any of it is, even close to true.

An esteemed cocktail historian, instructor, and serious bar guy, Hoefling’s work has appeared in a multitude of major league publications like the Boston Business Journal. And he brings his years of experience in the field to Distilled Knowledge, an authoritative journey through myths and legends that have surrounded the drinking experience for eons.

Distilled Knowledge asks the tough questions that many would rather avoid, like “Will drinking bathtub gin really cause blindness?” or “Does hair of the dog really help alleviate a hangover?” You’ll learn if alcohol acts as a depressant or a stimulant…or if drinking does actually help you sleep sounder.

Life’s elusive drinking ruminations are all addressed here, complete with cross-referenced facts, fun infographics, detailed scientific appendices and amusing illustrations by Leandro Castelao.

Playfully detailed and solidly researched, this myth-breaking opus whimsically takes the reader from the arcane particulars of fermentation, distillation and aging… to the science behind drunkenness and the truth about hangovers.

Lighthearted, yet based in the most serious science, Distilled Knowledge is a terrific read for those of us who have a “thirst for knowledge” and a penchant for the drinking life.

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