Beers for Your Ears
Cheers to Your Ears: Match Your Fave Brew to Your Next Listen

Friends, readers, listeners: lend me your beers. Bottled, canned, or pulled ice-cold from a tap. Craft brewed, microbrewed, macrobrewed, abbey brewed, homebrewed, brewed by elves. Lagers, Pilsners, Stouts, Wheats, IPAs. Whatever your sud, summer is the time to match it with a palate-perfect audiobook bud.

Click on your favorite brew below and follow the link to find your ideal pairing. Pizza topped with french fries and hot sauce not included.

Lager | Pilsner | IPA | Cider | Kolsch | Red Ale | Wheat | Porter | Summer Ale | Saison | Ginger Beer (Non-alcoholic)


Listen Up Lager: A Crowd-pleasing Brew

An audiobook about family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“Perfect for a summer day with a good beer and a piece of pie.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Author: Craig Davidson
Read By: Corey Brill

An irresistible and bittersweet coming-of-age story in the vein of Stranger Things and Stand by Me about a group of misfit kids who spend an unforgettable summer investigating local ghost stories and urban legends.

Another round: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Rooster Bar by John Grisham, and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Podcast Lovin’ Pilsner: Cool, Crisp Nonfiction

Author: David Epstein
Read By: Will Damron

Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive. Parenting, business, education, sports—this is an audiobook that covers it all in a way that will surprise you…and change your chess game.

In The Good Vices, prominent naturopathic physician Dr. Harry Ofgang and health journalist Erik Ofgang tear down decades of myth and prejudice to reveal how some of our guilty pleasures are not only okay but actually good for our health.

 Podcast Lovin' PilsnerAnother round: Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch, The Code by Margaret O’Mara, The Fifth Domain by Richard A. Clarke & Robert K. Knake, and How to Make a Plant Love You by Summer Rayne Oakes


Book Club IPA: Hopping Good Listens for a Brainy Buzz

These unforgettable characters’ lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends—the unapologetic black lesbian who finds her groove in 1970s Berlin; a moving man stranded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during a Thanksgiving storm; two half-brothers who meet as adults in a crayon factory; and a Coney Island waitress whose Prince Charming is too good to be true.

With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter’s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.

Smart and juicy, a compulsive listen about a previously happy group of friends and parents that is nearly destroyed by their own competitiveness when an exclusive school for gifted children opens in the community.

This deliciously sharp audiobook captures the relentless ambitions and fears that animate parents and their children in modern America, exploring the conflicts between achievement and potential, talent and privilege.

A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an insightful, unsettling, and often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.

“Just the sort of thing that Philip Roth or John Updike might have produced in their prime (except, of course, that the author understands women).”—Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Book Club IPA

Another round: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Chances Are… by Richard Russo, and A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell



Self-Care Cider: Finely Brewed Wisdom to Fuel New Habits

Covering everything from personal finance, to career, to stress management, global politics, and more, How to Skimm Your Life breaks down some of the less glamorous parts of being an adult, and gives you the information you need to make informed decisions.

Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.

 Self-Care CiderAnother Round: The War for Kindness by Jamil Zaki, Reviving Ophelia 25th Anniversary Edition by Mary Pipher, PhD & Sara Gilliam, How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum


Full Cast Kolsch: What the Cool Kids Are Doing

Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Read by a full cast, this is a bold, wry, and intimate memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us.

Coming soon! Read by the author and an all-star full cast. Fair warning: Raised in Captivity does not slot into a smooth preexisting groove. Funny, wise, and weird in equal measure, this short story collection is a fever graph of our deepest unvoiced hopes, fears and preoccupations. Ceaselessly inventive, hostile to corniness in all its forms, and mean only to the things that really deserve it, it marks a cosmic leap forward for one of our most consistently fascinating writers.

Adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National Theatre revival of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. With narration by Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco, and a musical score by Adrian Sutton, this audiobook is a richly immersive theatrical listening experience!

 Full Cast KolschAnother round: Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky and The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood



Author Read Ale: A Homebrew Like No Other. Warning: Sky-high ABV (Audio Virtuosity) 

Author: Ben Folds
Read By: Ben Folds

From the genre-defying musician Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.

“A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.”—Sara Bareilles

Author: Ocean Vuong
Read By: Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born—a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam—and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. With stunning urgency and grace both in his writing and narration, Ocean Vuong tells the story of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut of many years.

 Another round: Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer, Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood, and Warhead by Jeff Henigson


Knee Slappin’ Wheat: Laugh-out-loud Listens

A #1 New York Times Audiobook bestseller! A funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery—featuring a psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles. Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir—narrated in her indelible voice—keeps listeners laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

From the creator of the beloved and universally acclaimed television series BoJack Horseman, a fabulously off-beat collection of short stories about love—the best and worst thing in the universe. Read by a full cast of narrators with all the scathing dark humor that is a hallmark of BoJack Horseman, Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s stories will make you laugh, weep, and shiver in uncomfortably delicious recognition. Equally at home with the surreal and the painfully relatable (and both at once), Bob-Waksberg delivers a killer combination of humor, romance, whimsy, cultural commentary, and crushing emotional vulnerability.

 Knee Slappin' WheatAnother round: The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland and No Country For Old Gnomes by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson


Press Play Porter: Big Listens to Quench Epic Thirst

When you’re searching for the malt of mages, only a stout audiobook saga will do. Go barley, or go gnome with these magical tales perfect for listening.

“If you’re looking for a series full of political intrigue, class struggle, immovable forces of fate, and a struggle for power of epic proportions, this is it. Set in an undefined time long ago when magic had gone into hiding, this is a tale of conflict and shifting alliances. Roy Dotrice has a gruff voice and style that is right at home in this harsh environment. He gives voice to a broad cast of characters with great range. From the most naive to the most devious and petulant, the personalities of the characters are drawn out and developed as they grow and change in influence.”—AudioFile

In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, car mechanic/coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…

 Press Play PorterAnother round: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, Empire of Grass by Tad Williams, Inland by TĂ©a Obreht



1.5X Speed Summer Ale: Thrillers So Heart-pounding You’ll Pump Up the Speed 

The new domestic suspense from New York Times bestselling author, Shari Lapena. Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did…In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses—and into the owners’ computers as well—learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too. Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. How far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?

The first audiobook in a thrilling new series introducing Colter Shaw. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker, traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America’s tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.

“[A] superb series launch from Thriller Award winner Deaver…Fans of twisty suspense that pushes the envelope of plausibility without inviting disbelief will be enthralled.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

 Another round: Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova, One Night At the Lake by Bethany Chase, The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone


Swoon-worthy Saison: Delicious Romance, No Hangover
(okay, a little hangover)

As seen on The Today Show! Ayesha Shamsi lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. When a surprise engagement is announced, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

Written by the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and read by Audie-award winning narrator Julia Whelan, Evvie Drake Starts Over is a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game. A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut, Evvie will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year—and will leave you wanting more from Linda Holmes.

Swoon-Worthy SaisonAnother round: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Fumbled by Alexa Martin and I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella


Go Go Audio Ginger Beer: A Non-alcoholic Blend of the Best in Summer YA Fiction

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch. And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. She could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, read by a full cast of winningly talented narrators, might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

“Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heartbreaking and soul-healing.”—Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Shout

“Deep, nuanced, and painfully real.”—Booklist, starred review

Go Go Audio Ginger BeerAnd a lemonade, please: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho, The Haunted by Danielle Vega, Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum


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