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

Updated from the original June 2019 post

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

#1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson has been thrilling fans of narrative non-fiction for years. Now his first ever work of fiction, No One Goes Alone, will be available as an audiobook original. Narrated by acclaimed British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt, No One Goes Alone is an otherworldly tale of intrigue and the impossible that marshals Larson’s trademark approach to nonfiction to create something new: a ghost story deeply grounded in history and available exclusively on audio, because as Larson says, “ghost stories are best told aloud.”

An audiobook about family, Midwestern values, 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)

Another round: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.


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.

Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Isabel Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more.

“Miles’s warm, clear, unrushed narration combines passion with a calm that helps listeners cope with periodic ugliness.”–AudioFile Magazine

Another round: I Alone Can Fix It by Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker


Book Club IPA: Hopping Good Listens for a Brainy Buzz

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.

A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an insightful 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


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.


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.

A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick. Listen to this electrifying full cast audiobook about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise—to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies—and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

Another 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 (Audiobook 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

In On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous 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

From the author of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Samantha Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.

“Samantha Irby’s droll humor, unflinching realness, and impeccable timing are on full display in her narration of her latest audiobook.”—AudioFile

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.


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…

Another round: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, Inland by TĂ©a Obreht


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

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 scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train, read on audio by Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike. When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. A gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge.


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

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. How could she be so 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, Ayesha 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.

Another 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

An instant New York Times bestseller! Get Out meets Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee.

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. But might Ty’s squad of losers 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.

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