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The Real Ale Almanac [Paperback]

Roger Protz
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25 Aug 1995
This reference book lists all the commercially available real ales currently produced throughout the UK. Featuring over 250 breweries and over 750 ales, this region-by-region, brewery-by-brewery, ale-by-ale guide gives ingredients and tasting notes and is produced in conjunction with CAMRA.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing; 4th Revised edition edition (25 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897784341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897784341
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,457,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Protz is a campaigner, broadcaster and author of more than 18 ground-breaking books about beer and brewing. He appears regularly on radio and TV and contributes to the Independent, the Morning Advertiser, CAMRA's newspaper What's Brewing and the website Twice winner of the Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year Award, in 2004 Roger won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Beer Writers. Roger is also the Editor of the annual bestselling Good Beer Guide, which is now in its 37th year.

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"Intense smoky character in the mouth; toffee and coffee in the dry finish." No, it's not someone describing their favourite, purple-wrapped Quality Street. It's a dark ruby ale from Springhead Brewery in Newark as described by Roger Protz in his fifth edition of the Real Ale pocketbook.

There are, no doubt, thousands of beer lovers around the country and this is aimed at the enthusiast. Protz, who won the 1997 Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year award for his beer writing, lists around 300 breweries with helpful notes on each of their products. The listings are broken down into rather large regions (Scotland, Central England etc.) and one of the book's downfalls for travellers is a lack of even the most general map. A note of the whereabouts of the nearest decent pub to each brewery might also have been useful.

Having said that, if you fancy a trip around any part of Britain and want to take in a few breweries, the book is invaluable. There are details of guided tours and reception centres and, if you're a bit of a novice, there is a short introduction to what beer's all about. And you might just discover that particular brew with a "spicy orange hoppiness". --Nick Tarayan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and Informative Guide to Real Ale 25 Jun 2002
This is the fifth edition of Roger Protz's Real Ale Almanac. It's purpose is to detail every real ale brewed in the United Kingdom, from large international brewers to small local micros. In collating the considerable amount of information required for this book, Roger Protz has created a thumbnail picture of every UK brewery and the ale it produces.
Breweries are listed on a regional basis and all the details you might need are given. Apart from the obvious, like addresses and telephone numbers, there is information on things such as whether they do brewery tours. Alongside this, there are details of the beers they produce. And what details! We are given ABV details, lists of ingredients and wonderful tasting notes. All this wrapped up in a handy pocket sized bundle.
Now why would you want such a book? Well it's a treat for anyone who loves beer and wants to know more about it. It would also be a great beginning point for anyone who has not yet been converted to the joys of the world's greatest drink. I'd also recommend it as a present, as it is reasonably priced and fits snugly in your pocket.
Roger Protz is an accomplished beer writer who contributes regularly to the Guardian and the Observer. He is an expert in his field and his knowledge is on display here. Very impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Ale Almanac 26 May 2014
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Great insight into the ingredients once used to brew many of our favourite real ales. Maybe now a little dated but still a gem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful read 21 Feb 2013
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Interesting to read what went into various well known beers, though there are no actual recipes, only proportions of ingredient. You can of course work out the amounts of each if you know the starting gravities.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out of date guide 20 Dec 2012
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I ordered a copy of this book thinking it was more or less up to date.
However, realising that there was quite a few ales missing from the guide, I had a look inside the front cover to check the date of publication. The last reprint of this book by NWP was in 1999, making the book 13 years old. Although the basic guide to what the hops, malts and barley does to the taste of ales is still useful, the rest of the guide is vastly out of date.

A number of brewers, that have started up since the books initial publication, do not appear in the book, leaving large gaps in the guide for ale drinkers.
There are other guides which are more up-to-date than this guide, which you would be better off buying.

This guide has gone flat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hail to the ale 12 Jan 2010
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an absolutely super book.all the regions of britain have their own sections and all the brewery,s for that area.there are notes on taste and also abv.if,like me,you like to plan your holidays where there is plenty of real ale this is the book for you.
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