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The Six-Pack: Stories from the World of Beer

The Six-Pack: Stories from the World of Beer

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The Six-Pack: Stories from the World of Beer

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68 pages
54 minutes
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Released:
May 21, 2018
ISBN:
9781386988007
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From stories of monks making beer, to rumours of an unpleasant secret "ingredient" in a world-famous drink, there are plenty of great stories about beer. Here are six of them from the author of The Slab and James Squire: The Biography.

Publisher:
Released:
May 21, 2018
ISBN:
9781386988007
Format:
Book

About the author

Glen Humphries is a journalist and multi-awardwinning writer. He’s written two earlier books about beer, The Slab: 24 Stories of Beer in Australia and James Squire: The Biography. He writes about beer at the website Beer is Your Friend (beerisyourfriend.org) and runs the micro-publishing company Last Day of School (lastdayofschool.net). If you want to buy any of his earlier books you can pick them up there. And he would really love it if you did.  Glen is quite a fan of selling books. He is married with a child, lives in a house and has a stupid amount of books he hasn’t read yet. Glen Humphries is a journalist and multi-awardwinning writer. He’s written two earlier books about beer, The Slab: 24 Stories of Beer in Australia and James Squire: The Biography. He writes about beer at the website Beer is Your Friend (beerisyourfriend.org) and runs the micro-publishing company Last Day of School (lastdayofschool.net). If you want to buy any of his earlier books you can pick them up there. And he would really love it if you did.  Glen is quite a fan of selling books. He is married with a child, lives in a house and has a stupid amount of books he hasn’t read yet.


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The Six-Pack - Glen Humphries

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

Hi there,

This is a follow-up of sorts to my first book The Slab. That book featured 24 stories about Australian history where beer played a part - whether big or small. That included why we ended up with our pubs closing at 6pm for around 50 years, how our nation’s capital started out as an alcohol-free town and why the people of Darwin need to have an absurdly large beer bottle.

This book is a bit shorter than that - it has just six stories instead of 24. And the stories don’t just come from Australia but all round the world. The idea for it came from Michael, an old school friend. Just after I published The Slab, I posted about it on Facebook. He left a comment saying now you need to do a sequel called The Six-Pack. It was just too good an idea to pass up.

By the way, if you’re interested, there’s some bonus content at the end - excerpts from The Slab and my second book, a biography of James Squire. If you don’t know who that is, don’t worry; the excerpt comes with an explanation to get you up to speed.

Cheers,

GLEN

1

HEY AUSTRALIA, YOU SOUND DRUNK

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For quite a long time, we Australians absolutely loved to think we were great big nation of boozers. When it came to beer, no one liked it more than an Australian. Man, we could put it away like you wouldn’t believe; it was why we ranked way up there on the list of the world’s biggest beer-drinking nations.

Aside from it being a little odd to be proud to have a national image of perpetual drunkenness, it’s actually not true. Historical drinking rates show that, aside from a period in the 1970s, we’ve never been as in love with beer as we liked to think we were.

It’s finally possible that the myth of the Australian boozer may be dying, if we go by the outraged reaction to a claim that our accent has its roots in drunken slurring ...

In October 2015 an opinion piece the Melbourne Age newspaper created a storm in a schooner glass. Dean Frenkel, a lecturer in public speaking and communications (but not, it should be noted for reasons that will soon become apparent, linguistics) at Victoria University penned a piece about Australians’ poor skills when it came to rhetoric, aka the ability to clearly pronounce and articulate your speech.

That’s hardly a contentious issue; speaking more clearly and effectively gets your point across accurately. It’s also likely to ensure the listener doesn’t think you’re a massive dropkick; you could be talking about quantum mechanics in great detail but if you sound like a bogan it does make it hard for that listener to take you entirely seriously.

That said, Frenkel did blame a lack of articulation for a surprising array of issues:

It is self-evident that poor speech skills lead to a lack of confidence and a tendency to internalise emotions and thoughts. It can also contribute to difficulties in relationships, poor decision-making, loneliness, stress retention and stalled development. It may also be a contributor to Australia’s lack of cultural substance.

A lack of cultural substance? Ouch. But still, this wasn’t the thing that caused many people to get hot under the collar and saw Frenkel’s opinion piece referred to by the BBC, CNN, Daily Mail, The Independent and Huffington Post among a host of other outlets. No, that would be Frenkel’s contention that Australians talk like a nation of drunkards.

Or, less flippantly, that our accent has been shaped via the boozing and drunkenness of the first white Australians way back in the late 1700s. Curiously, despite this theory not being the focus of his piece, Frenkel chose to open with it. Let’s get things straight about the origins of the Australian accent, he began.

"Aussie-speak developed in the early days of colonial settlement from a cocktail of English, Irish, Aboriginal and German – before another mystery influence was slipped into the mix.

The Australian alphabet cocktail was spiked by alcohol. Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns. For the past two centuries, from generation to generation, drunken Aussie-speak continues to be taught by sober parents to their children.

It’s a claim that was grasped gleefully by media around the world – and by some in Australia – because it played into the stereotype of Australians being

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