13 of the Best Literary Quotes About Beer

Everybody knows that a beer and a good book go quite well together — including the authors of said books. Since it’s October, everyone’s favorite month for beer (books are good any month of the year), indulge in a few of literature’s greatest quotes about the frothy stuff — from grand pronouncements to so-detailed-you-can-taste-it descriptions of the perfect brew. Then add any of your favorites missing here to the list in the comments!


“Terence O’Ryan heard him and straightway brought him a crystal cup full of the foaming ebon ale which the noble twin brothers Bungiveagh and Bungardilaun brew ever in their divine alevats, cunning as the sons of deathless Leda. For they garner the succulent berries of the hop and mass and sift and bruise and brew them and they mix therewith sour juices and bring the must to the sacred fire and cease not night or day from their toil, those cunning brothers, lords of the vat.” — James Joyce, Ulysses

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How could you leave out A.E. Houseman, who said:

Oh I have been to Ludlow fair 

And left my necktie God knows where,

And carried half way home, or near, 

Pints and quarts of Ludlow beer: 

Then the world seemed none so bad, 

And I myself a sterling lad; 

And down in lovely muck I’ve lain,

Happy till I woke again. 

Then I saw the morning sky: 

Heigho, the tale was all a lie; 

The world, it was the old world yet, 

I was I, 

My things were wet,

And surely it was some deep literary type who said, "You don't buy beer, you just rent it."


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