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On the right track for beer and trains

On the right track for beer and trains

Bob Barton has produced a loving guide that lists station bars and refreshment rooms offering good beer, along with preserved steam lines with real ale on board. The book also has a fascinating history of how trains and stations started to offer food and drink when the "iron way" replaced coaches

Added: Friday, September 20th 2019

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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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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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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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