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WRITER, CONSULTANT AND BROADCASTER SPECIALISING IN BEER, PUBS AND CIDER. BEER WRITER OF THE YEAR 2009 AND 2012

What's new?

What's new?
Next beer book - now called 'Miracle Brew' - is finished! You can still subscribe to it here.
You can still listen to The Apple Orchard on BBC iPlayer radio
I'm taking the pub on tour - four dates between now and Christmas.
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Man Walks Into A Pub

Man Walks Into A Pub
A Sociable History of Beer

The Blurb

In MAN WALKS INTO A PUB, Pete Brown takes us on a well-lubricated pub-crawl through the amazing story of beer, from the first sacred sip of ancient Egyptian bouza to the last pint of lager on a Friday night.

It's an extraordinary tale of yeast-obsessed monks and teetotal prime ministers; of how pale ale fuelled an Empire and weak bitter won a world war; of exploding breweries, a bear in a yellow nylon jacket and a Canadian bloke who changed the dringking habits of a nation. It's also the story of the rise of the pub from humble origins through an epic, thousand-year struggle to survive misunderstanding, bad government and misguided commerce. The history of beer in Britain is a social history of the nation itself, full of catastrophe, heroism and an awful lot of hangovers.

Behind the Blurb

My first book. I wrote this when I was working in advertising. I wanted to read a book about the social history of beer and pubs that would answer question for me such as why the UK carried on drinking ale long after the rest of the world switched to lager, why our pubs were so quirky and unique, and why (at the time) we had such stupid licensing hours. I couldn't find that book, so eventually I decided to write it. 

In my research I discovered that the history of beer is the social history of Britain itself. Beer is a constant, so it has seen every social, technological and political change that affects the average Brit. Still my bestselling book, I was lucky enough to be able to update it in 2010 to incorporate the hysteria around binge drinking and the growth of Britain's microbreweries.  

Reviews

"A pleasant antidote to more po-faced histories of beer."
The Guardian (Read full review)
"Like a good drinking companion, Brown tells a remarkable story: a stream of fascinating facts, etymologies and pub-related urban phenomena."
TLS
"Packed with bar-room bet-winning facts and entertaining digressions, this is a book into which every pub-goer will want to dip."
Express


Where can I buy this book?

Amazon (UK)
Amazon (US)Macmillan

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Very much enjoying your book, thanks!

Damon