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Good Beer Guide 2012 Paperback – 15 Sep 2011
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...indispensable... --The Financial Times
Good Beer Guide 2012 winner of the UK Beer Book category --The Gourmand World Cook Book Awards 2012
About the Author
Roger Protz is a campaigner, broadcaster and the author of over 25 books about beer and brewing. He appears regularly on radio and TV and contributes to the Guardian, the Morning Advertiser, and www.beer-pages.com. In 2004, Roger won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Beer Writers.
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The 2012 Guide is the latest and biggest guide yet in an annual publishing event that is now more than 39 years old.
For an up-to-date list of beers and breweries with tasting descriptions, original gravities (strengths) and addresses it cannot be beaten. In my opinion for this alone the guide is worth the price.
It is much more than this though. The guide is a county by county list of pubs consistently selling good beer. Each entry gives a clear address, details of pub facilities, a brief description of the pub
and details of the beers usually sold and by what method (handpump, gravity or electric or air pressure dispense).
One word of warning though. This is a Good BEER Guide rather than a Good PUB Guide. Sometimes you will come across the quirky and strange! Don't be put off by that as the quirky and strange are often wonderful!
But if you are just after pubs with Laura Ashley wallpaper and old books on library shelves you may be disappointed on occasions!
If I have one criticism of the recent guides it is reviewers concentrate too much on pubs offering "Beer Tickers" pubs. By that I mean pubs offering a large and never ending variety of different beers rather
than a good selection from one brewer. Because of this good pubs selling good beers from a single independent brewer seem largely excluded of late. Very sad as it was these independent brewers who kept the faith
during the terrible "keg revolution" of the seventies.
That, said the CAMRA 2012 Good Beer Guide is probably the Best Beer Guide in the World and is certainly worth buying!
The only downside I envisaged was that I have no interest in real ale.
What I wanted was a guide book that took me away from chain pubs and their microwaved food. What I got was a guide book that gives full details of pub opening times, restaurant times, an idea of menu, overnight accommodation, access, confidence that the pub had been reviewed recently and details of possible ale types at each pub.
First stop, a pub in Whitstable listed as German food a speciality, schnitzel only on Saturday.
Much better book for me than I had expected.
Don't be afraid to get it if you would usually have bought the other one. Makes for a genuine option with unpaid for listings and lots of them.
My only doubt about the guide is that it limits the number of entries per region. So a region with a lot of qualifying real ale pubs will not be fully represented.
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One of two serious bibles for the pub and beer enthusiast. The other is the Good Pub Guide
It looks well organised and I appreciate the handy key symbols.