Beer and Books, is there a better combination? We at the Pickerington Public Library say “no there’s not.” That’s how our First Drafts Book Club came about. The second Thursday of each month, the club meets at Combustion Brewery & Taproom in Pickerington, OH to chat it up, eat, and sample great beer.
December 2017 was our first meet-up and if I do say so myself, it was a hit. This was my first visit to Combustion so I arrived early to sample the goods.
First up, a flight of course, consisting of:
Ever the Other 5% ABV – passion fruit session IPA
Antidote 5% ABV – blonde ale infused with Guatemalan Coffee
Blue Print 5% ABV– A very blueberry beer
Now We’re Talking 9.2% ABV – double IPA, deeply piney
I sampled a few more beers and right before book club I ordered truffle mac & cheese with shiitake mushrooms and kettle chips. Combustion offers small plates and many nights there’s a food truck in the parking lot.
We met in a closed in room and spent over an hour discussing that month’s book titled Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. The main character, Milo, has 10,000 chances at life, to become the perfect being. In January the group discussed Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Imagine Hunger Games on Mars. Each month the genre switches with a mix of dystopian fiction, mystery, race relations, and more. I truly enjoy this mash of genres. I’m pulled from my comfort zone; reading titles I normally would not.
A series not on the list, Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel, is a book I may suggest for next round. The first book in the series is titled To Brew or Not to Brew. “The Allegheny Brew House is a dream-come true for Maxine O’Hara, who traveled all the way to Germany to get her brewing certification but before she can pour stouts and lagers in the newly revitalized part of Pittsburgh, there’s trouble on tap. Sabotage arises and Max finds her assistant brewmaster strangled in one of the vats.” I think it’s fitting for a book club that meets at a brewery, don’t you?
If you’re interested in starting a First Drafts book club, check with your local library or start your own!