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Hops and Glory: One man's search for the beer that built the British Empire [Hardcover]

Pete Brown
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Book Description

5 Jun 2009
A raucous, rollicking history of the original India Pale Ale -- the finest beer ever brewed


Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (5 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230706355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230706354
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.4 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Pete Brown used to advertise lager for a living, until he realized that writing books about beer was even more fun, and entailed drinking even more beer. He appears regularly on television as a beer expert, writes on beer for a variety of publications and is the author of Man Walks into a Pub and the award-winning travel book Three Sheets to the Wind. He was recently named the British Guild of Beer Writers Beer Writer of the Year 2009. He lives in London.

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'Covers everything from the definitive history of Indian Pale Ale to the chaotic recreation of its 30,000 mile sea journey.' -- Metro

'The tale of his travels and the alcoholic history of the Raj is big beery fun.' -- The Times

`The tale of his travels and the alcoholic history of the Raj is big beery fun.' -- The Times

`This account of his beer-inspired voyage is as entertaining as it is enlightening.'
-- London Review of Books

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'Covers everything from the definitive history of Indian Pale Ale to the chaotic recreation of its 30,000 mile sea journey.'

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel with beer 29 Jun 2010
By Embers
Format:Paperback
This is several books in one - a travelogue, a history of the East India Company, and a book about beer. The author manages to combine all of this in a witty, sometime laugh out load, and thought provoking read. Wonderfully written this is a book that's easy not to put down.
Pete Brown manages to make the history of IPA interesting, brings to life a number of historical characters, and animates his travels wonderfully. Full of humour, pathos, and life, this is a cracking read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 2 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved this book, Pete Burns dry wit and flowing writing style combine to make it a pacy, informative read which held my attention needing very little effort on my part. Burns swaps between two storylines, one of the history of India Pale Ale, the other of his journey to recreate it and deliver it to India, to a largely successful end. At one point near the middle of the book I thought it flip-flopped between the two a little too repetitively, but having re-read I think that it had to be that way to keep the two narratives flowing. I reccomend this book not only to beer connoisseurs, all of whom should read it, but also to anyone looking for an engaging book to take on holiday or to brighten up a dull commute as I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It does what it says on the tin...." 19 Oct 2010
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As a real ale drinker with a penchant for strong, hoppy IPAs, this was, admittedly, right up my street - and that of my son, who'll be getting it for Xmas! I'd heard of Pete Brown via CAMRA membership, but this was the first book I've read, and I'm sure I'll move on to the others. Even in the more boring sections of his voyage he manages to hold the reader's interest as he attempts to take a specially-brewed barrel of IPA from the UK to India, largely by sea. The text is aided by the unusual use of frequent footnotes. "Some strong language", as they say, but never gratuitous; the combination of historical research, pathos & humour is a winner.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly entertaining history of IPA 15 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is many things:

A great travel book which makes you want to visit to places you never considered before. Like Santos, or Burton...
A well researched entertaining history of that most famous of beers, India Pale Ale.
A mind numbing description of the atrocities and excesses of the "Honorable" East India Company whose antics should make any British person deeply ashamed.
A very very laugh-out-loud funny book.

A great read, buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Doris H
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Pete Brown is in love with beer - particularly India Pale Ale - and this book tells the (often fascinating) story of its history and his quest to revisit its historical journey from Burton on Trent to India. A mixture of traveller`s tale, anecdote and history, this is a thoroughly enjoyable book that doesn`t require you to have a large beard, bad hair and a recondite knowledge of real ales. Funny, knowledgable and insightful. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 22 Feb 2013
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This book is a must read for any person interested in beer. It provides a great insight into the history of what is now modern day beer and how this was created through our occupation of India. This is balanced with the authors experience of trying to replicate an iconic style of beer(IPA). A fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These books are excellent 13 April 2012
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I have already reviwed the other books in this series and this one is no exception, just as good, entertaining and educational, written in Pete Brown's inimitable style. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hops and Glory by Pete Brown 11 Jan 2012
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This book Hops and Glory: One man's search for the beer that built the British Empire is a superb and light-hearted history which takes you on the journey that beer had to take to slake the thirst of the colonisers in the British Empire. Pete Brown [the author] is at his best and I had difficulty in puting the book down when I started reading it. A 'must' for Beer Lovers
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written & humorous
I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend and was immediately hooked. Not only was it a good story but the historical elements were extremely interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Mr. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars A re-introduction to beer!
I spotted a fellow traveller on a flight to Australia reading this book, I liked the cover, and quickly bought it on my kindle before take off. What a great holiday read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geoff Denman
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining
I pleasant wander through the background of a ale type I thought I knew about but actually didn't. The only problem is that it may encourage you to drink more beer.
Published 8 months ago by J. Diment
3.0 out of 5 stars In Need of an Editor
If you like beer and/or travel then you will probably enjoy this book but it is definitely more for the former than the latter although the trip from the UK to Brazil via Madeira... Read more
Published 13 months ago by raskolnikof
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read
The story of one man and a barrel of IPA travelling by sea to India is good fun. Chapters switch between the trials and tribulations of his journey with the history of al in India... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tammy Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure
I bought this book for my son who had a long plane journey ahead of him. He forgot to take it,so I read it.

I have really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John L. Cave
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book in need of a really good editor
My husband was given this book coincidentally just before we went on a holiday to Madeira. Given I was probably not the target audience (female, descendent of evil Raj occupiers... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cornwallgurl
3.0 out of 5 stars Beer history not bad, political correctness irritating.
This book and the trip it records were inspired ideas. Sadly the author didn't do enough research, follow his own 'rules' or refrain from ramming his cringe-making views down the... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by G. Cowley
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