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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (4 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330442473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330442473
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It's a much repeated refrain for many of us: where's the pub? Pete Brown's Three Sheets to the Wind is subtitled One Man's Quest for the Meaning of Beer -- and that subtitle alone will mean that many women will be buying it for the men in their lives (or even, of course, for themselves!) Pete Brown is a beer journalist, and has written a much-loved tome on the subject, Man Walks Into A Pub. It was, he says, a revelation to him when he discovered that many countries produce, drink and pay homage to beer more than the British. He noted that the Australians, Germans and other nations consider that they have the best beer in the world, and he was similarly bemused by other beer-related topics (such as the fact that the Japanese constructed a building in the shape of a glass of beer with a foaming head, and that the Spanish have very different ideas from the British about what social classes drink beer.) As all this beer-related information rushed in, Brown wondered why the national drink of the UK appeared to be losing its favoured status. The answer – for him – was to set out on the biggest pub crawl that the UK had ever seen (a dirty job, but someone had to do it). Putting both his health (and waistline) at risk, Brown has put together the definitive book on subject. And while the tone and title may be tongue in cheek, Three Sheets to the Wind is actually a fascinating piece social history that tells us as much about ourselves as it does about a certain refreshing drink. And, let's face it, it is no mean achievement to impart so much useful information as Pete Brown does -- while still making us laugh. --Barry Forshaw

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"an epic pub crawl across the globe." --"Booklist"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
The first of Pete's books I read was 'Hops & Glory'. On having finished that I moved straight on to this book, and after the high I felt from the former, the latter has been equally enthralling.

I've travelled a lot, lived outside of the UK for years, enjoyed beers wherever I've gone, but it's only having read Pete's books that I've started to look at beer worldwide in a completely new light. Pete invites us to savour beer, to enjoy what it's offering us (as long as it's not from Budweiser in the US) in terms of colour, aroma, flavour, social lubrication, etc.

This book has made me want to travel again, to go back to some of those places that I've been (many of which Pete visits) and to re-assess what I experienced there.

Bravo, a wonderful piece of beery travel writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beagle Boy on 10 Dec. 2007
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I picked this up fearing some kind of Bill Bryson-with-booze comedy travelogue but was pleasantly surprised. Brown is a man who is clearly enchanted with beer and it's importance in our social history and contemporary culture both at home and abroad. He travels to various cities in countries renowned for their inhabitants' love of beer - Ireland, Denmark, America, Australia etc., to see how they do things there and why. He explores the differences in approach to beer-brewing, consumption and related folklore in foreign lands - and also the similarities many of us will recognize. It's actually a tricky premise for a novel in that it could come over as a dusty work of sociology or end up like Pete McCarthy's jokey, shallow, over-rated "McCarthy's Bar". But Brown pulls it off with fresh writing, genuine wit, telling insight and above all a great affinity for the places he visits and the people he meets. My one quibble would be with the bits of dialogue with friends at the outset of the early chapters which read as bit studenty and unfunny. Intended to provide the author with a justification device for his travels, they just annoy.
That's a small complaint however about an otherwise excellent read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl Elliott on 9 Jan. 2008
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Anyone enjoys beer (responsibly of course)and drinking should read this book. Not only is it funny and well written, but it also highlights a very important point thats relevant to our country. Why can every other country in the world get drunk and not start fighting?
This is one of those books that you are truly gutted about it ending.
I can't recommend this book enough, also try 'Man walks into a pub' a very close second in the beer related book chart!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Miles VINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2007
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On the very barest of excuses, our man Pete embarks on a 3 month international pub crawl and tells you about it. An unpromising premise, but this is packed with enough insight, history and entertaining anecdote to make the journey worthwhile. I was hoping for a bit more of an insight into beer drinking other than it being good for relaxing and socialising, but he was probably a bit hungover by the time he got to that bit. I don't drink beer but the book has made me book a trip to Belgium this summer to check his recommendations out.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE on 31 May 2007
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Pete Brown wants to see whether there is a common thread that links beer drinkers worldwide, so he travels to those places where that honourable tradition is most respected, namely Madrid, Barcelona, Prague, London, Dublin, Brussels, Milwaukee, New York, Portland, Sydney, Penrith, Melbourne, Bendigo, Shanghai, Tokyo, Munich, Copenhagen, Helsingr, Sweden and...Barnsley. As you might expect there are some amusing adventures to be had, but the book is well worth reading for two other reasons. Firstly, it makes an irresistible travel guide and will make you desperate to re/visit a few places immediately (namely Barcelona, Madrid, Portland (!) and the Oktoberfest)and secondly, it manages to come to an important conclusion about beer; it's magical stuff that is essential for the continued sanity and sociality of all good cultures, and as a result every Pro-nanny state MP should be force-fed it's contents. This is no beardy, CAMRA lovers guide by the way...its about the feeling beer gives you. Beers in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zigzag on 22 Aug. 2013
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After about 100 pages of this book I was really enjoying it and already planning to buy other books by Mr Brown to read as soon as Id finished this one. But I feel that the subject matter here is just too narrow as by page 200 I feeling that each chapter was just more of the same in a different country (and this bloke does seem to know an extraordinary number of people around the world who he can bunk up with). By page 300 I had decided that I wasnt going to get any more of Mr Browns books, and Im now so bored to tears with the same story in different countries that Im not sure I have the stomach to reach the end.

The book is lightly writtem is enjoyable to start with, but just goes on for too long with only a limited subject matter to deal with.

Maybe Mr Brown should try to just write a light travel book without limiting himself by the subject (in this case beer).
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I was looking for a book to take on this year's holiday to Spain, a piece of travel writing rather than a travel guide, and coming across 'Three Sheets to the Wind', it was only a moment or two before I realised it was the same Pete Brown who had written the wonderful 'Shakespeare's Local' about the history of the 'George Inn' in Shoreditch. So the deal was done, and I knew I was going to enjoy this. In fact by the time I came to my visit to Alicante, I had already finished the chapter on Spain and the Spanish beer culture, but it didn't matter, because Mr Brown had still got to take in Ireland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Australia, the United States, Japan, Germany, Denmark....oh and his native Barnsley! Rest assured, this is no boring tome that will only be of interest to those who are interested in the intricacies of the brewing process, this is first and foremost about the enjoyment of beer, and how national identities and cultures are forged by it. And to reiterate a point: when I say beer, I don't mean just real ale, as lager, stouts, fruit beers and pils are given their due reverence too. It is as much a piece of travel writing, taking in history, architecture, politics, brewing dynasties, economics and cuisine. It's also a sly satire on brewing conglomerate 'Anheuser-Busch' ('where making friends is our business!') who appear more or less throughout the book as a running joke/villain and mark Mr Brown out as a satirist to rival the great Michael Moore.Read more ›
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