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Beer: The Story of the Pint: The History of Britain's Most Popular Drink Hardcover – 4 Aug 2003

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; First Edition edition (4 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755311647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755311644
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A rollicking, densely fact-packed affair . . . Beer is a book for beer-lovers and they're in for a good time' -- Independent on Sunday

A fabulous book that no one should be without … A highly readable history of the Universe's Greatest Product -- Hampstead & Highgate Express 29 August 2003

A fascinating read … as refreshing as a pint of Adnams on a hot afternoon in Suffolk -- Manchester Evening News 9 August 2003

Highly recommended if you like a pint, or even if you have the remotest interest in social history -- Newcastle Journal 1 August 2003

Incredibly well-researched … a great story -- The List, Glasgow 7 August 2003

This is a magnificent contribution to the history of beer and should be on every aficionado's bookshelf. -- Roger Protz, What's Brewing, September 2003


This chronicle of Britain's favourite drink is a river that stretches back to the sacred brews of the first Neolithic farmers and forward another six millennia to today's megabreweries. It tells the story of our national obsession with brewing and answers such questions as: when did bitter and mild originate? What is the true story of porter and stout? What herbs did medieval brewers use before hops? How did lager get to be the most popular beer in Britain, rising from 2 per cent of sales to nearly 50 per cent in just 40 years? What was a Victorian brewery like? And what are the stories behind the great breweries? The British Isles have always had a beer culture, with beer drunk everywhere from ploughman's hut to princely palace and this book aims to do justice to this venerable story.

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El Zahrul
4.0 out of 5 starsa "barrel" of a book!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 starsVery Informative, Well researched
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