Beer: The Story of the Pint: The History of Britain's Most Popular Drink
Beer: The Story Of The Pint is the chronicle of Britain's favourite drink, a river that stretches back to the sacred brews of the first Neolithic farmers and forward another six millennia to today's megabreweries. It tells the story of our national obsession with brewing and answers such questions as: when did bitter and mild originate? What is the true story of porter and...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Headline
(first published October 30th 2004)
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A very strong resource for British beer aficionados. It becomes slightly tedious but the end, wrapped up in what amounts to the take over of smaller breweries but larger bodies. Perhaps, however, this is just my bias. The early chapters on beer and the appendices really go a long way to setting out the myths and examining them as far as a possible before defaulting to 'most likely' scenarios. A thoroughly good read, if slightly over long.
Apr 09, 2008 Dave rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with a serious interest in British brewing history.
UK-focused general history of beer and brewing. The first half is essentially background on the evolution of the drink and its methods of retail throughout British history. The latter portions become almost a deal-by-deal recounting of the many, many mergers and acquisitions involving various brewers. For the fan of British brewing, it makes some interesting reading. For the casual beer hobbyist, it's probably going to be a bit dry.