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Guinness: The 250-Year Quest for the Perfect Pint

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A perfectly poured history of the world's greatest beer.

"Joseph Conrad was wrong. The real journey into the Heart of Darkness is recounted within the pages of Bill Yenne's fine book. Guinness (the beer) is a touchstone for brewers and beer lovers the world over. Guinness (the book) gives beer enthusiasts all the information and education necessary to take beer culture out
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by John Wiley & Sons
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Tom
Sep 30, 2009 Tom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booze, irish-history
A good history of Guinness. It shoud be read with "A Pint of Plain," and "Pint-sized Ireland."

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Jim
Oct 19, 2007 Jim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Drunks, hooligans, and other know it alls
Is Guinness the best beer on the planet? Those who consume the two billion pints poured each year around the world would certainly agree that it is. To find the answer, noted beer expert Bill Yenne went to the Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate in the heart of the Hibernian metropolis where Guinness Extra Stout has been brewed since 1759.

Of course, Guinness wouldn’t be Guinness without its creamy crown of foam, but this didn’t start until relatively recently: 1959 to be exact, when Guinness int
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Alfredo
Mar 04, 2012 Alfredo rated it really liked it
This book kept me enthralled throughout.

As the title suggests, it narrates the history of the Guinness Brewery from its foundation in 1759 in Dublin, and through the beginning of the 21st century. The narrative is journeyman-like, so don't expect Simon Winchester or Erik Larson; nonetheless the history is so fascinating that it doesn't need the flourishes of those authors.

Yenne takes us not only through a succession of facts, names, and dates, but also through the passion and spirit that underl
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Tom Brennan
A fine history of Guinness. While it bogged down at the beginning, I did find (after the fact) that there was family tree of sorts by generation in the appendices, which would have made a difference. But I did learn a lot and quickly went through the parts related directly to the beer.
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Bill Yenne is the author of several novels and over three dozen books on historical topics. He has also been a contributor to encyclopedias of both world wars.

The New Yorker wrote of Sitting Bull, his biography of the great Lakota leader, that it "excels as a study in leadership." This book was named to the number 14 spot among Amazon's 100 Best Books of the Year.

Library Journal observed that "e

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