Amber, Gold & Black: The History of Britain's Great Beers
Amber, Gold & Black isa comprehensive history of British beer in all its variety.It coversall there is to know about the history of the beers Britons have brewed and enjoyed down the centuries—Bitter, Porter, Mild and Stout, IPA, Brown Ale, Burton Ale and Old Ale, Barley Wine and Stingo, Golden Ale, Gale Ale, Honey Ale, White Beer, Heather Ale, and Mum. This is a celeb...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by The History Press
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This is an excellent account of the history of the modern styles of English beers and ales. Each chapter is dedicated to a different style, with the largest sections being dedicated to porter, mild, and IPA, not surprisingly. Cornell did a great deal of research on the various styles and presents a chronological overview of the factors such as ingredient supply, development of brewing techniques, laws and taxation, happy accidents, and public taste that influenced the evolution of each style. Th...more
Terrific so far. The chapter on herbal brewing (a special interest of mine) is one of the best things I've read on the subject. Overall, I'm impressed by the depth and breadth of the author's knowledge and the carefulness of his research, with myth-destroying revelations on nearly every page. If you like British beer, this is a must-read.