When most people picture a bar in a bookstore, they envision the ever-popular coffee or smoothie bar. In fact, the idea of a cup of coffee and a good book are nearly inseparable in many minds. Stop at almost any Borders or Barnes and Noble and you’ll find a Seattle’s Best or Starbucks cafe. The number of indie booksellers with coffee shops isn’t insignificant either, and even libraries are adding coffee and pastries for browsing readers.
It should come as no surprise that when I picture a bar in a bookstore, something different comes to mind. In my mind, beer and books are a perfect match. Book clubs have latched onto the idea, and breweries are hosting their own book clubs. It makes sense – a little liquid courage gets book discussion going, and bars benefit from a pleasant group pumping money into their draft lines.
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