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CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2013 Paperback – 13 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Roger Protz is a journalist, broadcaster, campaigner, and the author of more than 15 books about beer and brewing, including "300 Beers to Try Before You Die." Twice a winner of the Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year Award, he also won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Beer Writers.
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However, the bookmarking feature is useful and syncs between PC and phone apps. So if you are patient use the PC app first, bookmark pages, then go travelling.
Although most of the time, you will visit the same pub for your usual pint or three, there is a pub guide for those who may be away from their usual 'haunt', which may come in very useful for those on holiday elsewhere in the UK.
However, there is one downside to this book, which will give you an idea of the extent of the guide as a whole. The book is heavy, weighing in at around 992 grams; almost a kilogram, so not the sort of guide you can carry with you in your pocket (unless it's the wife's coat pocket you keep it in).
Any serious ale drinker should not be without a copy of this excellent book, but for the visit to your own local, perhaps you might also want to buy a smaller pocket-sized book to look up the ales that you are not familiar with.
Many of the checkers are members of Camera, and do the checking of various pubs on a voluntary basis (it is a tough job, but I guess someone has to do it!!!), and all pubs are subjected to a very - and I mean VERY! - stringent series of tests, and if just one is failed then that pub either does not get in, or if in can be removed. This means that any pub recommended meets the highest standards, and the beer/ale/cider served the best money can buy. The food, where served, is also subjected to the same critical standards so is guaranteed to be good quality nosh!
The details are superb, the layout easy to follow - county, town, pub all in alphabetical order, and the write-ups clear and concise. This is, to my why of thinking, the best guide there is and I would recommend it to any discerning beer drinker out there without hesitation!
If you are looking for a guide to good beer and a decent pub to drink it in
Main problem is the lag between compilation and production. This year I suspect a number of great pubs have fallen by the wayside due to the widespread floods. I known for example that Moyles pub in Hebden Bridge has not yet reopened since the summer floods.
However if you like real ale and step off your local patch this is the essential guide you need.
The local brewery section is very useful as I think it is essential for us to champion our small brewers..