The Strange Rebirth of British Beer
In a barn in Somerset, plans are afoot to ferment a beer-cider hybrid with wild yeast that blows on the wind, while in Yorkshire an almost extinct style of ' salty ' n' sour' wheat beer is being resurrected for the 21st century. Fifty years ago, this would have seemed impossible.
Back then the prospects for British beer looked weak, sweet, bland and fizzy, as colossal combines took over the industry, closing local breweries and putting profit before palate. Yet today the number of breweries is at a post-war high, with over a thousand in operation. Whether you drink traditional, CAMRA-approved ' real ale' or prefer a super-strong, fruit-infused, barrel-aged Belgian-style ' saison' , you are spoilt for choice.
In Brew Britannia acclaimed beer bloggers Boak and Bailey tell the story of a very British fightback. Following a cast of bloody-minded City bankers, hippie microbrewers, style gurus, a Python, and a lot of men in pubs, they reveal how punter power pulled the humble pint back from the brink.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
'It's not just a great book, it's an important one for the time we live in. My advice is: don't wait a few years before reading it. The lessons that can be learned from Brew Britannia are best appreciated right now' -- Chris Hall * The Beer Diary * 'Where the book excels, is in the pulling together of a non-linear story of change into a narrative of characters, key people and events. Those that are familiar with the story, and those that are not, and those that have even the most passing interest in British beer and brewing will equally find it fascinating and educational' * Tandleman's Beer Blog * 'One of the most important books on beer to be released in the last ten years. If you're even remotely into beer I would advise picking up a copy immediately and getting stuck in straight away' * Total Ales * 'A meticulously researched, detailed account of the 'rebirth' of British beer, and how a continual parade of enthusiasts, professional and amateur, helped get British brewing back on its feet... tremendous' -- Richard Taylor * The BeerCast * 'For anyone interested in beer's modern renaissance, it's a quirky, comprehensive read, filled both with obscure information and more essential facts' * Saveur magazine * 'This is an exhilarating read, well researched, in the main objective, and encompassing the views of many important players in the great beer revival of the past 40 years' -- Roger Protz, editor of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide * Protz on Beer * 'An excellent guide to the journey British beer has taken in the past half-century, well worth reading whether you lived through it or not, simply to understand where we are now' -- Martyn Cornell (author of Beer: The Story of the Pint) 'Brew Britannia is a fascinating odyssey through the last half-century of British beer and I would recommend this without a moment's thought' -- Adrian Tierney-Jones * Called to the Bar * 'We need this account, in this form, if we are to fully understand where beer is today, how it got here, and from there, to start to speculate about where it might go next... this is a book that I wish I had written, but was beaten to by people who have in many ways done a far better job than I would have' -- Pete Brown, author of Man Walks Into A Pub 'The narrative bounces along and is hard to put down -- a thoroughly interesting read.' * The Brewer and Distiller International * 'A very welcome addition to the national beer library... Brew Britannia is a well-researched, easily-readable pleasure deserving of the attention of a wider readership than keen beer drinkers.' -- Jeff Pickthall * Brewery History * 'Brew Britannia is informed, funny, well researched and eminently readable' -- Tim Hampson (author of Great Beers and London's Best Pubs)