“Most fun book ever!”
January 23, 2014 While most of us are resolving to eat and drink less in the new year, two Washington, DC men are doing things a little differently. They’ve set a goal to sample – and tweet about – each of the more than 100 beers featured in award-winning Eugene-raised writer Adem Tepedelen’s recently released and highly acclaimed Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers.
Will Cook (@PCBCBrewMetal) – who calls Tepedelen’s guide “the most fun book ever” – is a brewer at the Port City Brewing Company in Washington, DC. John X (@whitecluster69) is a DC-based DJ and craft beer lover.
Their tasting project has created a unique and entertaining Twitter conversation that has drawn in craft-beer lovers from across the continent. On December 7, for example, they took part in a discussion about a particularly spicy beer featured in the book:
@PCBCBrewMetal – Just drank hottest beer ever! Ghost Face Killah by @TwistedPine from @BrewtalTruth Guide to Extreme Beers! pic.twitter.com/d2exVmq80A
@dan_tilford – Tried this the other day! literally felt like my mouth and throat were exploding! poured half out!
@PCBCBrewMetal – Quitter! Ha ha. I loved it!
“It’s pretty satisfying to have people not only liking the book, but really engaging with it,” says Tepedelen. “And, of course, the publicity it’s generating is pretty great, too.” Will Cook and John X have already sampled more than 40 of Tepedelen’s featured beers – and have been joined in their quest by numerous other beer lovers.
Tepedelen’s book is also receiving widespread acclaim from critics. Vancouver’s Province newspaper calls it “a wildly entertaining read.” Invisible Oranges says it has “definite classic potential.” And the Minneapolis Star Tribune says “Tepedelen is just the writer to introduce drinkers to severe suds.”
Tepedelen is a winner of the prestigious Michael Jackson Beer Journalism award, which celebrates excellence in reporting on American craft beer. He is also co-author of Island Wineries of British Columbia, named best wine book in Canada (and third best in the world) by the 2011 Gourmand Awards. Tepedelen is the Divine Drinks columnist for YAM Magazine, the Brewtal Truth beer columnist for Decibel Magazine and a regular contributor to other publications locally and across North America, including Fine Cooking, Imbibe and Northwest Palate. Also a highly respected music writer, he was editor of Seattle’s The Rocket during the height of the grunge movement and has since written for dozens of other magazines and websites including Mojo, Rolling Stone, Revolver and Warp.