Hops and Glory: One man's search for the beer that built the British Empire Hardcover – 5 Jun 2009
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'Covers everything from the definitive history of Indian Pale Ale to the chaotic recreation of its 30,000 mile sea journey.' -- Metro
'The tale of his travels and the alcoholic history of the Raj is big beery fun.' -- The Times
`The tale of his travels and the alcoholic history of the Raj is big beery fun.' -- The Times
`This account of his beer-inspired voyage is as entertaining as it is enlightening.'
-- London Review of Books
'Covers everything from the definitive history of Indian Pale Ale to the chaotic recreation of its 30,000 mile sea journey.'See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Pete Brown manages to make the history of IPA interesting, brings to life a number of historical characters, and animates his travels wonderfully. Full of humour, pathos, and life, this is a cracking read.
A great travel book which makes you want to visit to places you never considered before. Like Santos, or Burton...
A well researched entertaining history of that most famous of beers, India Pale Ale.
A mind numbing description of the atrocities and excesses of the "Honorable" East India Company whose antics should make any British person deeply ashamed.
A very very laugh-out-loud funny book.
A great read, buy it.
The book alternates travel chapters with chapters on the history of IPA & the East India Company but I felt the history passages were overlong and interrupted the narrative flow of the travelogue - this could have been simply resolved by making them significantly shorter, 80-100 of the 450 pages could have been edited out without much loss (the history of IPA is interesting in itself but not worth 200 pages or so).
Getting to page 400 with all the historic diversions was not too onerous in the end but I found my interest waning so it was doubly disappointing that nothing really happened at the end with the India part of the trip confined to just a few dull pages. This is a real shame as India is such a fascinating country that stories just create themselves, especially if you're travelling with a 40 pint keg. Dear Reader, I don't think it's a plot spoiler to say he drinks the beer; unfortunately there's little more that happens.
So, mostly a downbeat review due to the abrupt ending and overlong history chapters. However, good in patches especially the first half.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book. I like the way he interleaves the story of his journey with that of the East India Company and the history of the British in India. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Dekker
The book started off really well, but lost its way with every other chapter describing (in great detail) the history & occupation of India with a bit about the IPA thrown in. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Largeon
I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend and was immediately hooked. Not only was it a good story but the historical elements were extremely interesting. Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Mr. Mr. Morris
I spotted a fellow traveller on a flight to Australia reading this book, I liked the cover, and quickly bought it on my kindle before take off. What a great holiday read. Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by Geoff Denman
I pleasant wander through the background of a ale type I thought I knew about but actually didn't. The only problem is that it may encourage you to drink more beer.Published on 1 Dec. 2013 by J. Diment
The story of one man and a barrel of IPA travelling by sea to India is good fun. Chapters switch between the trials and tribulations of his journey with the history of al in India... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2013 by Tammy Robson