Pages and Pints: A club for laidback reader

Kathleen Dunlap
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 1/29/20

Laura Godsman is trying to catch up. She sits engrossed in her book while the brewery’s evening action swirls around her. It’s still early in the evening at Westminster’s Bruz Beers Brewery, so …

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Pages and Pints: A club for laidback reader

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Laura Godsman is trying to catch up.

She sits engrossed in her book while the brewery’s evening action swirls around her. It’s still early in the evening at Westminster’s Bruz Beers Brewery, so the hum of fellow patrons is mellow. She takes a sip of her pint as she turns the page.

“I’m trying to finish before everyone else gets here,” Godsman says as she burrows deeper into the over-stuffed chair in the corner of the brewery.

Soon, her fellow book lovers, Renee Estelle, Anne Varley, and Elisabeth Mansfield, arrive and Godsman gives up on trying to finish the book. The group peruses the list of craft beers and place their orders. A resounding “Cheers” erupts as they clink glasses.

And, the animated discussion begins.

Despite not finishing the reading, Godsman engages each lady with her thoughts on their recent project, “The Bear and The Nightingale” by Katherine Arden. There is an ease and camaraderie in this warm group of bookworms — no judgment, only a love of literature.

This is an evening at Pages and Pints Book Club as sponsored by the Westminster Public Library. The idea originated from local librarian Megan Reilly and her colleague Drey Deremo, in late 2016.

Since most Book Clubs focused on drinking wine and discussing literary theories and themes, Megan wanted to change it up. Why not host a club at a different local brewery each month? Why not include all genres of books and encourage armchair readers to join a casual discussion? The concept caught on with beer and book enthusiasts alike. Thus, Pages and Pints was born.

The first meeting was held on January 20, 2018. In the last two years, the group has read 24 books and visited multiple local breweries, including Bruz Beers, Rail’s End, Four Noses, Wonderland, and Kokopelli.

The Westminster Library and Recreation department publishes the book list and locations of the meetings at www.cityofwestminster.us/EventDetails/e/8058 on their website.

Varley, who considers herself the “newbie” to the group, has already planned out the book and brewery list for the rest of 2020.

“But it was a collaborative effort,” she said.

Godsman agrees.

“That’s the nice thing about this group,” Godsman she said. “We read anything and everything.”

Laidback

So far, Pages and Pints has covered a range of books, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” and Naomi Alderman`s “The Power”. Easy or hard, sci-fi or non-fiction, fantasy or horror - nothing is off limits.

Sometimes the books have been a struggle to get through and nobody finishes the tomes. Still, each member shows up each week.

Simply put, a love of books and beer prevail.

“This is just a laidback group,” said Estelle, while Varley nodded her head in agreement.

Over the years, the group has seen other members come and go. Their total number of attendees, however, has never gone above seven people. The four women don’t believe the club is full enough and constantly encourage others to join in, no matter their age range.

“We’ve had people in their 20’s and people in their 60’s”, says Godsman. “It’s great.”

The Westminster Public Library’s website and Facebook page help them advertise the group, but the members speculate there might be an underlying reason for a lower membership.

“It seems nobody reads,” Varley says. “At least, none of my friends do.”

But it’s Laura’s comments which sum up the point of Pages and Pints.

“I just love beer and books,” she said. “When I saw Pages and Pints advertised on a bookmark at the library, I said, ‘That’s the club for me!’”

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