Many of us might think we’re a poet after a few too many beers, but comedy writer Sam Wagner can rightfully claim the title “beer poet.” His book The Poetry of Beer, which was released during L.A. Beer Week, is the first compilation of original poems about beer (poem titles include “What the Burp Do We Do Now?”), and it’s for sure the only one that was written with a serious attention to traditional poetic forms.
The Poetry of Beer began a few years ago, when the recent L.A. transplant was a creative writing major at a liberal arts college in upstate New York. He applied for a grant through the school that would allow him to pen a book of beer poetry, saying he would use the money to cover informational beer books, travel to a few local brewers, beer for “research sessions” (aka drink beer with his friends) and publishing costs. He won the grant and spent a year compiling humorous opinions, off-kilter thoughts and comedic descriptions on his favorite beverage from both novices and experts.
“They say write what you know,” Wagner says. “And I know about beer.”
The Poetry of Beer Is the First Book of Beer Poems