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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""
Now in its 36th year, the "Good Beer Guide" is fully revised and updated each year. Along with information on over 4,500 recommended pubs, the Guide has a unique 'Breweries Section' which lists all the breweries - micro, regional and national - that produce cask beer in the UK. Tasting notes, compiled by CAMRA-trained tasting teams, are also included. "The Good Beer Guide" is more than just a pub guide - it is the complete book for beer lovers.There are no entry fees for listings, and every pub is checked many times a year by discerning local CAMRA members."Good Pub Guide" is published annually by Ebury Press. Pubs in this guide are checked just once a year and by far fewer researchers who compile the "Good Beer Guide". There are only around 1,000 full entries and the other pubs listed have very brief descriptions. "The Good Pub Guide" tends to concentrate on rural pubs whereas the "Good Beer Guide" has a good selection of both rural and urban pubs. This means there are huge gaps in geographic coverage in the "Good Pub Guide" with some cities not covered."AA Pub Guide" is published annually by AA Publishing.It includes only 2,500 pubs whereas the "Good Beer Guide" covers more than 4,500. There is sure to be something to meet the readers' requirements in the "Good Beer Guide".The launch is to be supported by a major media campaign by CAMRA, raising the profile of this already successful annual title. See all Product description
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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!
As well as listing pubs the guide lists breweries with details of the real ales brewed and it provides some informative pages on topics related to beer. Another section covers CAMRA's "National Inventory" of pubs that are worth preserving for historical interest.
Two warnings!. Do not buy this for someone who does not like real ale unless you are trying to convert them and remember that like all guides there will have been changes since the book was published. Some for the better and some for the worse.
This is a guide for someone who leaves their local area more than a couple of times a year and for whom finding a good pint of beer is important. The basic information is all there - opening times, a phone number, the facilities and a 50 - 80 word description and of course the beers you can expect to find.
I've used previous guides when visiting places I don't know well and nine times out of ten it turns up trumps. I am a CAMRA member, but Amazon's price is cheaper than members' price and well worth it is you like your beer.
Better still: join CAMRA or the SPBW and support your local.
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