Books and beers: 5 pairings for the mind and the taste buds

ABOVE IMAGE: It’s summertime, which means people might have a little more time to enjoy some reading and a cold beer. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

By Kat Rogers-Hern for CBC News

Good books and cold beers are trademarks of summertime in Canada. Here are five pairing picks to get you to Labour Day weekend and beyond.

Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais

Providing a personal glimpse into race relations in Apartheid-Era South Africa, this summer release from Toronto-based Bianca Marais studies the fallout of the Soweto Uprising on a young white girl and the Xhosa woman hired to care for her. It is a heartfelt coming of age tale that explores themes of loss, family and racism.

Beer Pairing: Helles Lager, Wellington Brewery

This pairing is a shout-out to the lagers that dominate beer sales in South Africa today. Welly’s Helles is a clean, refreshing, no-nonsense lager. With a smaller can size and relatively low ABV, you’ll be able to reach for a second when you can’t stop reading.

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