This is the way my mind works when I’m pairing: American Gods by Neil Gaiman… That’s definitely a beer book… I just had a “beer” book… Okay, well it mentions mead. Bleck, nobody likes mead, least of all Gaiman… Gaiman, he’s a Brit… Britain = cider. At least in my fuzzy muddled head where the first legal alcoholic drink I had was a pint of Strongbow in a Scottish pub (hi Ailsa!).
So, today I bring you Neil Gaiman’s American Gods with a side of cider, Crispin’s to be exact.
American Gods is a huge epic and weaving story answering the question: what happened to all of the old world gods when people migrated to the U.S.? In American Gods, the gods followed us as well and were eventually forgotten in the hostile land. The novel starts with the old gods starting a battle with the new gods of America–TV, the internet, etc.–and one man who is chosen to help the side of the old gods.
It’s one of Gaiman’s finest works–a huge rambling story interspersed with vignettes of people bringing their gods over. I listened to the 10th anniversary all-cast audio book edition, and well, it was fantastic. Best audio book I’ve listened to–both because the actors were so great and it didn’t have the awkward male doing female characters voice, or vice versa.
Now, you have two choices with the cider, depending on your preference:
- Cho-tokkyu, a cider made with sake yeast and organic rice syrup
- Lansdowne, a cider made with irish stout yeast and organic molasses
Mr. BookPairing prefers Lansdowne, which is almost four times as dark as Cho-tokkyu, and is thick and heavy with spice. And, interestingly enough, it tastes quite a bit like our old friend mead, he says, and since he brews the stuff, I think he knows what he’s talking about. In either case, both are lovely and a fun alternative to wine or beer.
Do you drink cider? What are your favorite brands? Have you read American Gods?