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An entertaining read about the life, death and rebirth of British beer
on 2 October 2014
The British relationship with beer is a long and complicated one. It has been with us since man discovered that boiled grains could be flavoured with leaves and fermented if left out for a while. In the 20th century, as with so many things, beer went from being a localised product, via mergers and acquisitions, to being the product of conglomerates who industrialised the process and stripped it of its identity. Boak and Bailey have created a small history of British beer, its makers and drinkers over the past 50 or so years, from the founding of the Society for the Protection of Beers from the Wood, through the birth of CAMRA, the early microbreweries of the 80s and the growth of 'craft' brewing over the last ten years or so. It's well researched, nicely written and clearly the work of people who are interested in the culture and economic truths of beer in Britain.