In a stimulating and deeply researched new book, 20th Century Pub, Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey trace the history of the pub in a period that saw it bruised and battered by two world wars, interfering politicians and the rise of giant breweries and pub companies. In spite of all the turbulence, the authors are optimistic for the future of our treasured boozers
Added: Saturday, August 19th 2017
In his new book IPA: a Legend in Our Time, Roger Protz explores the origins of the style that is now a world-wide phenomenon. He traces the roots of the beer in Victorian Britain and, with the help of a small London brewery, recreates an old Bass recipe and ages the beer in wood -- with surprising results. The book goes to cover modern IPAs, brewed around the world, and such legendary versions as White Shield, Ballantine's and McEwan's
Added: Friday, July 14th 2017
Pete Brown has written a book full of profound insights into the history of beer and its vital raw materials: malt, hops, yeast and water. He challenges many received ideas on when beer was first brewed, the range of malts used in brewing, the development of hops and the possibility that lager yeast is older than we think.
Added: Monday, June 19th 2017
Micropubs are a new force on the drinking scene. While traditional pubs close, "pop-up pubs" are filling the gap, opening in a wide variety of empty oultets. Mat Hardy and Dan Murray have trawled the country to list all known micros but it's a shame their work is spoiled by a bilious introduction by Martyn Hillier who uses his space to attack CAMRA
Added: Sunday, March 26th 2017
Two German economists track the frightening rise of Mega Brewer AB InBev, which following its takeover of SABMiller now controls 30% of world beer production. The authors describe the ruthless manner in which the global giant slashes costs by closing breweries and axeing jobs and brands. and it is now turning its attention to the craft beer sector...
Added: Saturday, November 26th 2016
Tim Hampson's 101 Beer Days Out is a treat for beer and pub lovers, taking you on a tour of Britain and encompassing not only great pubs, but breweries, museums and hop festivals too. It's proof that beer drinking and brewing are deeply rooted in Britain's way of life
Added: Wednesday, September 21st 2016
Geoff Brandwood sings the praises of Britain's pubs with interiors of historic importance. As well as opulent pubs in major cities, the book also details simple ale houses built to refresh working people. The book is not only a joy to read but is also a call to arms to spare no effort in supporting our great pubs, such as the Crown in Liverpool.
Added: Saturday, August 27th 2016
In The Pub, Pete Brown has written a lyrical love song to a great British institution, in all its manifestations, from ancient ale house to Victorian gin palace and modern micro-pub. He traces the history of the pub and pub names and lists hostelries of all shapes and sizes united by good beer.
Added: Thursday, August 18th 2016
Burton-based Ian Webster has written a fascinating history of Allsopp's and Ind Coope, two breweries that played a pivotal role in the IPA revolution. Both breweries disappeared during the merger mania of the late 20th century but Ian Webster has turned the spotlight on their critical part in Burton's brewing history.
Added: Sunday, January 3rd 2016