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Big boost for Britain's pub glory

Big boost for Britain's pub glory

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

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Brown to the defence of British boozers

Brown to the defence of British boozers

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

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Restoring name of great Burton brewers

Restoring name of great Burton brewers

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

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How to explore the brilliant world of beer

How to explore the brilliant world of beer

In his new book, So You Want To Be a Beer Expert?, Jeff Evans takes beer lovers old and new through the history of brewing, how beer is made and the proliferating range of styles now available. It's a book that will inform new drinkers but experienced tipplers will gain much from its pages

Added: Monday, October 26th 2015

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Book that puts beer back on the table

Book that puts beer back on the table

Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont has toured the world in search of both good beer and good food. In a sumptuous delight of a book, he traces the history of beer, its raw materials, the rise and fall of matching beer with food and the 21st century renaissance that sees top chefs organising beer and food pairing and using beer in their dishes

Added: Thursday, October 15th 2015

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Raising a glass to London's beer boom

Raising a glass to London's beer boom

London was once dubbed a 'beer desert' but it has recovered from the days of manic takeovers to offer drinkers a vast choice of good beers and modern bars alongside traditional boozers. In a new edition of his CAMRA guide, Des de Moor relishes the revival of brewing in the capital city

Added: Wednesday, July 15th 2015

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Raise a glass to Midlands pubs heritage

Raise a glass to Midlands pubs heritage

CAMRA's Pubs Heritage Group has produced a superb, full-colour guide to the astonishing collection of pubs in the Midlands -- from the Welsh border to the Wash -- that recall the hey-day of pub design and building in the 19th and 20th centuries, leaving us a legacy of great drinking places. As well as Art Nouveau emporia there are simple ale houses such as the Coopers Tavern (left) in Burton-on-Trent

Added: Sunday, April 26th 2015

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'Gypsy' Mikkeller's voyage of discovery

'Gypsy' Mikkeller's voyage of discovery

Mikkel Borg Bjergso (pictured), founder of the Danish "gypsy" brewery Mikkeller, has written an entertaining book that details his shift from maths teacher to brewer in Copenhagen. Starting with traditional beers, he has broadened his scope with new styles that use herbs, spices, fruit and coffee, and he has toured the world to make collaborative brews. He also shares many of his recipes for home-brewers to reproduce

Added: Wednesday, March 11th 2015

News

New look Black Sheep to hit more baas

New look Black Sheep to hit more baas

Black Sheep Best Bitter, the biggest-selling cask beer in Yorkshire, has been given a makeover to give it more nationwide appeal to drinkers in an ever-more fiercely competitive pub trade. And the packaged version is now in an eco-friendly lightweight bottle that's on sale in all supermarket chains

Added: Wednesday, September 24th 2014

Review

The craft beer revolution is going Dutch

The craft beer revolution is going Dutch

Tim Skelton's new Beer in the Netherlands guide book shows that craft brewing is booming there and the country no longer hides in the giant shadow cast by Belgian beer. The book lists all the breweries and the best bars, and is a boon companion for beer lovers visiting the country

Added: Saturday, July 5th 2014

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