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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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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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Frightening rise of Mega Brew

Frightening rise of Mega Brew

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

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Tim's Grand Tour of Bibulous Britain

Tim's Grand Tour of Bibulous Britain

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

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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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Morse and beer: solving an old 'cold case'

Morse and beer: solving an old 'cold case'

E Morse was not only the name of the celebrated fictional detective but was also one member of a brewing family in East Anglia that ran breweries in Norwich, Lowestoft and Swaffham. Author Eric Dore has investigated the Morse story with the dedication of the great detective and brought the brewing story to life

Added: Saturday, November 28th 2015

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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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