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Beers and Fears: The Haunted Brewery provides a mug of fun

I did it. I found a book that combines two of my loves – horror and beer. If I could now find a book with horror, beer and cat heroines, I’d be golden.

Anyhow, for those who don’t know, I used to write about beer as part of my job – a 12 year columnist for the newspaper I write for, two published beer books, a beer named after me – so I really love beer.

So when “Beers and Fears: The Haunted Brewery,” by Chuck Buda, Frank Edler, Tim Meyer and Armand Rosamilia (who has an even more epic beard than I do) as a suggested book on Amazon, I bought it without even reading the description.

Doing that had a lot of potential that I was going to end up with a not-so-good book, but thankfully, that’s not the case. Sure, it’s not an award winning book, but it’s fun.

The book features four novellas – one written by each author. One of the novellas, “The Last Taproom on the Edge of the World,” kind of acts as a bridge between the other three, as well as the start and finish. All of the stories are tied to a haunted brewery

I was a little worried when I read the first paragraph – it mentioned double IPAs, saisons, a chocolate-coffee stout and a coconut ale – that the authors would try to squeeze as much beer geeky stuff in just to keep pounding you over the head that the stories took part in the brewery.

Each decade takes place in a different decade. “No Fortunate Son,” takes place in the 1970s and features a heroin-addicted Vietnam vet who makes a really bad deal.

“Have a Drink on Me,” is set in the 1980s and confirms some suspicious I had about Mary Lou Retton (never trusted her). And “Alternative,” which is probably the best story, takes place in the 1990s and features a pair of brothers trying to open up a craft brewery.

Again, it’s more fun than scary, but sometimes that is just fine. The authors got together to do a sequel, “Beers and Fears: Flight Night,” and I think I’ll probably order it the next time I order some books.

I’d recommend pairing “Beers and Fears: The Haunted Brewery,” with a nice maibock. Cheer!

Beers and Fears: The Haunted Brewery

Chuck Buda, Frank Edler, Tim Meyer and Armand Rosamilia Evil Epoch Press (2019) 166 pages Click here to buy

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