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Sommelier Jane on beer, whisky, vodka & every beverage known to drinking kind...

Sommelier Jane on beer, whisky, vodka & every beverage known to drinking kind...

Beer sommelier Jane Peyton takes readers on a dizzying ride through the history of beer, how it's made and the vast number of styles available. And then, undaunted by the trip, she describes every other known form of alcohol, from absinthe to whisky

Added: Friday, November 22nd 2013

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Tall tales from England's highest pub

Tall tales from England's highest pub

Neil Hanson ran the Tann Hill Inn in the late 1970s, a remote pub in Swaledale that's regularly cut off by snow in winter. In his book The Inn at the Top, he looks back at the trials and trepidations of attempting to please both farmers and visitors..and fighting the rats...

Added: Wednesday, October 16th 2013

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Magic carpet ride round the world of beer

Magic carpet ride round the world of beer

Authors Stephen Beaumont (pictured) and Tim Webb have scoured the world to find the best brews for their Pocket Book. It's a must-read for seasoned drinkers and newcomers as it finds the top beers in both long-established brewing countries and the emerging nations

Added: Sunday, October 6th 2013

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Spotlight on the wonderful world of beer

Spotlight on the wonderful world of beer

Beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones whets his whistle as he reads the new 300 Beers to Try Before You Die! and says it reflects the amazing and often startling changes in the beer world-wide as craft brewers fashion new interpretations of IPA and develop new styles while even long-forgotten beers such as Burton Ale make a comeback

Added: Saturday, August 31st 2013

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Jeff Evans, the man with plenty of bottle

Jeff Evans, the man with plenty of bottle

The eighth edition of the Good Bottled Beer Guide lists some 1,700 beers -- an enormous improvement on the number of beers available when Jeff Evans launched the first edition in 1998. The variety of beers in the new guide underlines the dramatic growth of quality beer in Britain

Added: Wednesday, May 29th 2013

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A crafty look at London's best bars

A crafty look at London's best bars

Will Hawkes takes us on a capital pub crawl that will please lovers of both cask and keg -- and may even unite them

Added: Monday, March 25th 2013

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Hip on hops: everything you've ever wanted to know about beer's perfect companion

Hip on hops: everything you've ever wanted to know about  beer's perfect companion

Stan Hieronymus takes beer lovers on a fascinating trip through the hop fields of the world, checking out every known variety, each with a unique aroma and flavour. He tells how differences in climate and soil affect the character of hops and gives a brief history of how the plant came to be the chosen one for adding bitterness to beer.

Added: Sunday, March 17th 2013

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Searching for the roots of IPA, the beer style that changed the world of brewing

Searching for the roots of IPA, the beer style that changed the world of brewing

American brewmaster Mitch Steele makes a major contribution to our knowledge of India Pale Ale, both ancient and modern, in a book that traces the history of the style and its rediscovery on both sides of the Atlantic

Added: Sunday, December 16th 2012

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By George -- the story of the London coaching inn that won't lie down

By George -- the story of the London coaching inn that won't lie down

In Shakespeare's Local, Pete Brown tells the riveting tale of the inn in Southwark that has withstood fire and pestilence and is now the capital's only galleried Elizabethan hostelry

Added: Thursday, November 8th 2012

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Trip down nostalgia lane to find the great beers and their breweries of yesteryear

Trip down nostalgia lane to find the great beers and their breweries of yesteryear

Two books, with radically different approaches, chart Britain's lost beers and the breweries that produced them, including Tetley's of Leeds (left)

Added: Sunday, November 4th 2012

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