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Clubbing together: the rise of the CIU

Clubbing together: the rise of the CIU

In his new book, Pete Brown records the creation of working men's clubs by do-gooders in Victorian Britain who wanted to win people away from the "evils" of the pub. When working men took over the clubs, they turned them into successful organisations, with millions of members throughout the country

Added: Wednesday, June 22nd 2022

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Beer well served by a fine book

Beer well served by a fine book

Jonny Garrett has produced a superb book that covers the world's great beer styles in a refreshingly different fashion, breaking them down into the seasons of the year, discussing the way they are made and the best foods to enjoy with them.

Added: Saturday, June 4th 2022

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Quick canter through history of Bass

Quick canter through history of Bass

A book by Harry White on the history of Bass is written by an insider but it's disappointingly thin on the growth of the brewery in the 19th century and its vast export impact with IPA. It also underplays the use of mass advertising post World War Two to fuel the development of keg beer and lager

Added: Monday, May 2nd 2022

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Join Des's great London beer trek

Join Des's great London beer trek

The third edition of Des de Moor's guide to London pubs records a remarkable increase in the number of breweries operating in the capital -- up from 14 in the last edition to 140 today. The guide takes beer lovers on a dizzying trek round London, visiting the best pubs and breweries large and small, and noting the vast range of beer styles now available

Added: Sunday, November 21st 2021

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Curtis: beer is blooming in Britain

Curtis: beer is blooming in Britain

In Modern British Beer, Matthew Curtis has trawled the country to find breweries producing beers packed with exciting aromas and flavours. It's not just another book about IPAs, but covers a variety of styles from pale ale to Saison, sour, barley wine, stout and lager

Added: Sunday, August 15th 2021

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A paean of praise for London's pubs

A paean of praise for London's pubs

Matthew Curtis and Orlando Gili have given London pubs a much-needed boost with a gem of a book that lists 52 of the finest pubs in London. They list pubs in all parts of the capital, ranging from old coaching inns to modern watering holes, including one converted from a mock-Tudor public convenience

Added: Thursday, June 3rd 2021

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Brilliant romp through beer's history

Brilliant romp through beer's history

The Philosophy of Beer by Jane Peyton covers the history of the world's favourite alcohol, from its inception in the Old World, through its arrival in Europe, the introduction of hops, and the scientific understanding of yeast that led to modern lager. The book also covers matching beer and food and the health attributes of moderate consumption.

Added: Monday, April 5th 2021

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Little book with nuggets of beery joy

Little book with nuggets of beery joy

Melissa Cole's new book while small is not just for drinkers with little knowledge of the subject but contains a lot of information of interest to seasoned drinkers and even fellow beer writers. It covers not only golden Pilsners but Helles, Dunkel, Bock, Schwarz, Zwickel and a myriad of other versions.

Added: Thursday, October 29th 2020

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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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