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Beer styles: Watson is in her element

Beer styles: Watson is in her element

The history of brewing, the raw materials used and the wide range of styles are discussed in a lively new book by writer Natalya Watson, who studied at UCLA in California and then worked for Duvel Moortgat. She currently secretary of the British Guild of Beer Writers and judges in beer competitions as well giving talks and tastings

Added: Tuesday, March 24th 2020

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Dutch beer no longer in thrall to Belgium

Dutch beer no longer in thrall to Belgium

A new edition of Tim Skelton's guide reveals the number of breweries and beer cafes has grown enormously since the first edition in 2014 and there are now many fine styles to enjoy. The guide is a romp through Dutch history and culture and will lead the visitor to a wealth of fine bars and beers

Added: Saturday, February 29th 2020

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Ian Clayton: memoirs of a pub-going man

Ian Clayton: memoirs of a pub-going man

Ian Clayton, broadcaster and raconteur, has a great love of pubs and good beer. He has travelled widely in his search for beer and pubs, along with sport and music. He has written a book rich in anecdotes of drinking, singing and story-telling along with a pint or three along the way. No pub-and-beer lover should miss it.

Added: Tuesday, March 5th 2019

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Book captures glory of Sheffield pubs

Book captures glory of Sheffield pubs

Steel City may have lost its industry but Sheffield still has a large number of magnificent pubs, many of them dating from the late 18th and 19th centuries when they were built to refresh an army of thirsty steel workers. In spite of the best efforts of big brewers and pub companies to wreck Sheffield's pub heritage, many outlets have been restored to their former glory and their stories are told in Sheffield's Real Heritage Pubs

Added: Sunday, October 28th 2018

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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

Review

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

Review

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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