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Three Sheets To The Wind

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Meet Pete Brown: beer journalist, beer drinker, and author of an irreverent book about British beer, Man Walks Into A Pub. One day, Petes world is rocked when he discovers several countries produce, consume, and celebrate beer far more than his own country. The Germans claim they make the best beer in the world, the Australians consider its consumption a patriotic duty, th ...more
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Published February 8th 2018 by Macmillan (first published May 3rd 2006)
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Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The British Pub has been a place of refuge from the outside world for centuries. Its long history reaches all the way back to the taverns of Roman Empire, then the alehouses of the Anglo-Saxons and before coming more like the pubs that we know today. Pete Brown loves pubs, so imagine his surprise when he hears that other countries around the world think that their drinking establishments are better, or have a parotitic duty to consume as much beer as possible. Others have the audacity to think t ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I am a beer fan, on the lookout for new brews to consider, I got this book for the travel narrative aspect; turned out it worked well for that overall. Brown's standard procedure is to contact a country's large brewer ahead of time (such as Asahi in Japan), so that they take him under their wing. However, he does try to get beyond there to larger local beer scene. He does get a bit carried away with the historical background, but not mind-numbing so, and at times tells the reader that he' ...more
Darran Mclaughlin
Entertaining travelogue exploring beer and pub culture across the world. Makes me seriously want to visit Belgium and Portland, Oregon. Belgium just went from being somewhere I wasn't bothered about going to to somewhere I would like to get to this year.

I was delighted by a cameo appearance from Don Delillo in this book as he is one of my favourite writers, and as it turns out also one of Pete Brown's favourite writers. Brown is introduced to him my their shared publisher and it turns out Delil
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beer
I really enjoyed this. I just wish they didn't plaster "The beer drinker's Bill Bryson" (TLS) all over his books. I almost didn't buy it because of that. I can see the comparison but I do not find Bryson funny generally and he is ventures into almost being cruel in his poking fun at times. I find Pete Brown downright funny and even if he manages to enter potential cruel territory he pulls it off with a certain British charm. May not make it any better---not claiming it does--but it is far more g ...more
Kiryl Samartsau
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Pete Brown for having endangered your health in the quest for the meaning of beer. I definitely want a pint now, and a pen and paper to collect my travels, experiences and observations. Ended up with 28 notes, superb.
It's the meaning of these books to reflect on the authors' thoughts and explore the meaning of self, and herein beer is a fantastic lubricant for reflection. Hold on, you might need a few mates to help you along the journey of exploration. Now, fancy a pint?
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reads like Bill Bryson on the lash, if that is imaginable. It is a similar style, and a concept to envy, travelling the world and visiting the world's best bars on the pretext of sampling their beer. Brown knows his stuff, but carries it lightly, and manages to make his journey interesting and amusing without becoming the pub bore that he so easily could. I especially enjoyed the chapter about America, which seems to be on the verge of doing to the beer industry what it did to the wine indu ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An enjoyable and light read, if at times a little drawn out. This author is often compared to Bill Bryson, and I'm not sure that's entirely correct. While Brown certainly IS funny, I think he wanders from the point more than Bryson does in his writing.

And as for the beer, yeah, that was the best part. After the chapter on Czech beer, I had to buy a 6 pack of Pilsner Urquell, a beer I haven't had in ages. And I do think I enjoyed it more after reading the book. Brown has accomplished something k
Entertaining follow-up to the author's first book about pubs, beer and 'beer culture' in the British isles. This time he travels around some of the world's major beer drinking centres - Czech Republic, Australia, USA, Belgium, Ireland, Japan, Denmark - in an attempt to note the differences and find the common ground between different drinking cultures. Wise, witty, affectionate - but never a beardy-beer snob - if you like pubs, you'll probably like this. You may also end up disliking Budweiser A ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to hate him- his job was travelling around the world drinking beer. So it's to his great credit that I'd now rather go for a pint with him, happy to hide my seething jealousy.

This sort of book could easily come across as pretentious or didactic, but Brown is refreshingly open-minded and drinks in eager mimicry of the locals- I doubt a card-carrying CAMRA aficionado would drink a *tsk* lager whilst melting under the midday sun on a terrace in Madrid, and that would be his loss.

There's so
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in England. It's a book about beer and travelling - how could I pass it up? The author, previously having written a book about British beer customs, decides to travel to the world's great beer-drinking countries to check out their scene. He goes to Spain, Czech Republic, Australia, Japan, Germany and his own backyard. He's a fun travelling companion - he often drinks way too much but remains a great coversationalist. I gave his earlier book to Jay for his birthday this year - ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought for me by Paul a couple of years ago and recently pulled off the shelf again to re-read the chapter on Oktoberfest in preparation for our upcoming pilgrimage. A really great book-- entertaining yet full of facts with interesting insights about beer culture around the world. This is a book about two of my favourite things: beer and travel. Furthermore it is light and funny without diluting its own material. How can you go wrong?
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pete isn't a writer and labelling him the drinker's Bill Bryson is a little lofty. However, he makes up for it with his humour and the fact that it's about beer and travel- 2 of my favourite things. It's a little padded, I think, and could have done with some editing. However, overall it was a decent enough read with enough trivia to make you the worst bore down the local.
Ron Sitton
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Pete Brown book I read. He travels the world on a quest for the meaning of beer. This book made me laugh out loud at different times and led to me also reading "Man Walks into a Pub." Eventually it led me to the Old Chicago chain to get on their "Beers of the World" group ... though I still haven't had them all.
Lee Slater
Three sheets to the Wind is much more than a single handed bar crawl. It is Pete Brown's one-man odyssey to explore the history and relationship other countries have with beer. Well researched and written, the book gives an overall impression of how beer is seen around the world, but in a tone that wouldn't be a miss with a pint in hand.
Dec 12, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book by a British beer writer about a long pub crawl across the world (with stops in Spain, Japan, Australia, Germany, etc)? I thought I'd love it, but it was hit and miss. Some sections are great and others were a chore to slog through. Still recommended for the beer enthusiast.
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Craicing read! Particularly liked the stuff debunking the American big beer producers. Will put Man Walks Into a Pub down for a potential future read. Off to look for some craft beers to put down myself now
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really nice story of beer in the world. I heartily agree with him that the English have some catching up to do in terms of beer. If you like beer and would like to read more about the history of drinking around the world, give this a go. Mr. Brown is a funny, clever writer as well.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant.
Sarah Kate
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this so far, it's making me want to go to Belgium.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amusing travelogue that covers the basics of beer lore well but has dated a bit in the last 10 years as the UK and global beer scene has improved. I doubt the author would disagree!
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Great fun interesting read. Worth its price
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is fun, especially if you are at all interested in beer.
Chris Lilly
Sort of alrightish. The book as distraction. It passed the time. The time would have passed anyway.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one as much as his other books, and parts of it felt dated (at least the USA chapter). Still, it was entertaining and educational.
It's pretty funny, full of interesting facts and makes you wish it had been you doing the beer research. Well worth a read.
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed most of this book. I feel it got bit bogged down in the middle and around100 pages to long Nearly made 4 * though.
Michael Grant
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
A good book to dip in & out. Shame he didn't visit France.
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great tale of the various drinking cultures throughout the world! It is basically a tour of the world through drink with humorous insights.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beer-brewing
A very interesting and entertaining read about how different European cultures approach the drinking of beer. There are some interesting common features...
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Pete Brown is an English writer who has written extensively on the subject of beer and drinking cultures around the world. He has written three books; Man Walks Into a Pub, Three Sheets to the Wind, and Hops and Glory. Brown was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and now lives in London.

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