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Beaumont's beery magic carpet ride

Beaumont's beery magic carpet ride

Stephen Beaumont's new book is a world guide to the best beers, bars and pubs. It covers Britain, Europe, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and America north and south. It's a well-designed and illustrated book that will have beer lovers reaching for their passports to follow in his bibulous footsteps

Added: Friday, April 27th 2018

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Potted history of brewing in 'Beer Town'

Potted history of brewing in 'Beer Town'

Burton resident Ian Webster has a great love of his home town and its long and noble brewing history. He has researched the subject deeply but the mere 95 pages of his new book Brewing in Burton upon Trent doesn't do the subject justice. He has, however, discovered some fascinating old photos of brewing in the 19th and 20th centuries and the book offers a useful tour of the town, picking out breweries old and new

Added: Sunday, February 18th 2018

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IPA and coaching inns: fine Xmas gifts

IPA and coaching inns: fine Xmas gifts

If you love good beer and historic inns, two books make ideal gifts. IPA -- A Legend in Our Time details the origins and astonishing revival of India Pale Ale while Historic Coaching Inns of the Great North Road traces the hostelries that still stand proud on Britain''s major arterial route. Pictured, the Angel and Royal in Grantham.

Added: Sunday, December 17th 2017

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Whirlwind tour of the world's best beers

Whirlwind tour of the world's best beers

The third edition of the Pocket Beer Book offers a wide range of beers, some from countries new to the beer scene. The lists include Iconic Breweries and Breweries to Watch. The authors warn drinkers of the dangers of "Big Beer" moving into the craft sector and dumbing down excellent artisan brews.

Added: Sunday, December 3rd 2017

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Melissa's romp through craft beer world

Melissa's romp through craft beer world

Leading writer Melissa Cole tackles the growing world of craft beer -- though she admits she's not certain what the word means. She chooses her favourites from such styles as Pilsner, wheat, brown, fruit and farmhouse and matches them with suggested food dishes. She admits this a book for beginners and not for "nerds".

Added: Sunday, September 24th 2017

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Don't call Last Orders on embattled pubs

Don't call Last Orders on embattled pubs

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

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IPA: beer with a past and a great revival

IPA: beer with a past and a great revival

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

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Pete Brown unravels the mysteries of beer

Pete Brown unravels the mysteries of beer

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

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Join Adrian's beery voyage of discovery

Join Adrian's beery voyage of discovery

Beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones offers his selection of 350 of the world's greatest beers, divided into seven sections to reflect the mood of the drinker and the ability of brewers to fashion beers for all occasions, from quiet reflection to riotous festivals.

Added: Wednesday, May 31st 2017

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Pop-up pubs get guide book boost

Pop-up pubs get guide book boost

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

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