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Good Beer Guide 2009 Paperback – 11 Sep 2008
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"Buy CAMRA's annual "Good Beer Guide", pack light, and head into the countryside." "--Food & Dining"
"The definitive rundown of the best places in the UK to get a pint of real ale, from cosy country inns to upmarket style bars." "Time Out Magazine""
"Buy CAMRA's annual "Good Beer Guide," pack light, and head into the countryside." "Food & Dining""
About the Author
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 Guardian, the Morning Advertiser, CAMRA's newspaper What's Brewing and the website www.beer-pages.com. 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.
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My husband has every edition of this guide, and used to contribute to the reviews of our local pubs until recently. Lots of CAMRA volunteers each year are needed to survey the real ales of over 4,000 pubs committed to preserving our nation's beer heritage. Well, someone has to do it.
What results is an independent, definitive guide to the nation's pubs serving real ale. It's good for finding a pub locally that you've not tried before and comes into its own on holiday and weekends, when you're new to an area and need to find a decent pub fast.
In addition to the details of the beer served, the guide will tell you whether it's quiet pub, has a real fire, when it serves food, if it has accommodation and a host of other details in addition to a thumbnail sketch of each venue. A separate section provides information on each real ale brewery and beers, complete with tasting notes.
One to keep to hand throughout the year.
The only bad thing about it is that its not exactly pocketable, make sure you decide which pubs you're going to visit before you head out, because you probably won't want to take this with you.
If your partner is into Real Ale this is the ESSENTIAL book for them! It lists local CAMRA groups' choice of pubs that sell Real Ale to a high quality.From all these local groups a county by county list of pubs is assembled for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and The Isle of Man.
I regularly consult my GBG at least twice a week and I find it really useful when visiting a new place. Sometimes the choice of pubs is "interesting", especially when you take a group of friends on a GBG pub crawl of a city or town. It always leads to a good debate as to why some choices are made. If you wish to take your partner to "somewhere different", this is the book for you!
I think of my Good Beer Guide as a sort of "Michelin Guide" of pubs!
It lists each pub under LOCALITY, PUB NAME, ADDRESS, OPENING HOURS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, DRAUGHT BEER AVAILABLE IN RISING ORDER OF STRENGTH AND DISPENSE METHOD. There is a really useful set of Symbols listed. The key to these symbols can be found inside the front cover.
In conclusion, if your partner loves Real Ale and you you love him/her, then this is the PERFECT present!
The real question is, how many pubs can you visit which score a perfect ten out of ten? Last year I found two, plus a whole host of pubs scoring nine and half out of ten. Without the Good Beer Guide I wouldn't have found any of them.
By the way the Star System at the top of this page is wrong, I scored this book six Stars for "I have a copy perminantly welded to me at all times, that's how much I love this book, if I big enough arms I would have it tatooed on them".
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