Borderlands Book & Beer Pairing List

Do you want to read the full descriptions of the book and beer pairings that were shared during the event with Borderlands Brewing Co. on June 29th? Here they are!

The Guncle by Steven Rowley – Viejo Pueblo Blonde Ale Glitter Beer

The Guncle pairs smashingly with Borderland’s newest beer, Viejo Pueblo Blonde Ale (also available as a glitter beer). With its refreshing light taste and sparkling appearance, this beer is sure to accentuate the delightful humor, heart, and – let’s not forget – caftans that are featured so prominently in this story. We recommend reading this book by the pool with your Viejo Pueblo Blonde Ale in hand, but the Borderland’s patio will work just as well. A portion of the proceeds from the Viejo Pueblo Blonde Ale Glitter Beer were donated to a local LGBTQ+ nonprofit during the month of June 2022!

¡Hola Papi! by John Paul Brammer – Infused Toole Avenue Hazy IPA Coconut Pineapple

Borderlands’s signature Infused Toole Hazy IPA with Coconut Pineapple has the smooth, buttery taste of coconut paired with the tarty sweetness of the pineapple. This beer has an effortless drinkability with a bite, much like the experience of reading ¡Hola Papi! This memoir-in-essays reads quickly and has humorous moments, but also packs a poignant punch with tales of growing up as a biracial queer person who accidentally becomes the go-to advice columnist for queer America. This pairing is the perfect escape during these hot Tucson summer days.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse – Infused Toole Avenue Hazy IPA Tangerine

Borderlands’ signature Infused Toole Hazy IPA with Tangerine has notes of citrus and sweetness, but don’t be fooled – there is still a delightful, hoppy, sharp tang to this beer. This IPA will complement Black Sun perfectly: its sweetness, mixed with just a touch of sour citrus, will balance the darker tones of a broken society on the brink of rebellion mixed in with warmer moments of people finding their strength and new family. Enjoy this pairing when you need something adventurous and daring.

The Verifiers by Jane Pek – Infused Toole Avenue Hazy IPA Peach Mango

Borderlands’ signature Infused Toole Hazy IPA with Peach Mango has flavors of Mosaic & Amarillo hops mixed with the tropical tastes of mango and peach. This drink has a smooth tropical flavor highlighted by the acidic sweetness of the peaches and mangos, which pairs nicely with The Verifiers, a fresh new approach to a cozy mystery. It has a literary-loving sleuth and an interesting exploration of privacy (or lack thereof) in the digital age. Kick back with this duo when you are craving a sweet escape with a dash of menace.

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters – La Miche

This classic Michelada-style beverage has a hint of lime and a little spice. It goes nicely with Detransition, Baby, a novel that is witty, compassionate, and fearless in breaking society’s ideas of gender. The spice of this drink mirrors the fierceness of the characters in the face of the difficult choices and situations they encounter throughout this moving story. This dynamic duo of the La Miche and Detransition, Baby is just what you need when you want to ponder deeper things and
(perhaps) gain a new perspective that may be outside of your comfort zone.

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