SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 ANDRE SIMON AWARDS - BEST DRINKS BOOK

Miracle Brew: Hops, Barley, Water, Yeast and the Nature of Beer


From the birth of brewing (and civilization) in the Middle East, through an exploration of water’s unmurky depths and the surreal madness of drink-sodden hop-blessings in the Czech Republic, to the stunning recreation of the first ever modern beer – Miracle Brew is an extraordinary journey through the nature and science of brewing.

“[Brown] leavens his magisterial tour of fearsome science and vast brewery history with cheery anecdotes, humor, vivid you-are-there prose and a clever eye for personality . . . His rhapsodies about the meaning of life and the meaning of beer are stirring. . . .His expertise and insight will leave you with a glimmer of infinity every time you hold a bottle of it in your hand.”
The New York Times

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The Beer and Cider Marketing Awards

Pete is one of the founders and chair of judges of the Beer and Cider Marketing Awards, which seek to reward the best in marketing practice of brewers and cider makers of any scale, in any medium. This is the only awards scheme of its type, as relevant to small craft brewers as it is to global giants. The quality of the beer itself is the most important thing, but with 2000 brewers now in the UK, if you’re making good beer, how do you spread the word about it? We’re looking for the best answers to that question. Entries are open – and tickets are on sale – for the 2018 awards now. This year’s event is on 20th September at the Truman brewery, Brick Lane, East London. Find out more here.

Original Gravity Magazine

Pete is Editor-at-Large of Original Gravity% magazine, founded in 2014 by Daniel Nielsen, and edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones. This free magazine is distributed in pubs, bars, tap rooms and bottle shops across the UK, and seeks to showcase the very best in writing about beer from around the world. Think of it as your slightly-more knowledgeable-than-you beery mate. Read the latest issue, sign up for a subscription, buy exclusive cover artwork or just read the latest stories from the team, all right here.

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Recent Publications

Miracle Brew: Adventures in the Nature of Beer

From the birth of brewing (and civilization) in the Middle East, through an exploration of water’s unmurky depths and the surreal madness of drink-sodden hop-blessings in the Czech Republic, to the stunning recreation of the first ever modern beer – Miracle Brew is an extraordinary journey through the nature and science of brewing.

“Staggering… screamingly funny … a magisterial book that will remain a key contributor to our knowledge of and pleasure in beer and brewing for years to come.” Roger Protz.

The Apple Orchard: The Story of Our Most English Fruit

‘The vivid brightness of the laden trees, studded with jewels, stirs some deep race memory and makes the heart leap. Here is bounty, and excitement’.

Journeying through the seasons in England’s apple-growing heartlands, Pete Brown uncovers the history, magic and folklore of our most familiar fruit, showing its unique and surprisingly important place in our lives.

“Delightful… impassioned, patriotic, richly informed.”
Sunday Times

The Pub: A Cultural Institution – From Country Inns to Craft Beer Bars and Corner Locals

The best pubs are those where you want to drink weak beer so you can have several pints and stay longer. Some are grand Victorian palaces, others ancient inns with stunning views across the hills. Some are ale shrines, others gastropubs (though they probably don’t call themselves that any more). A precious few are uniquely eccentric, the kinds of places that are just as likely to have terrible reviews on Trip Advisor as great ones…

“A very entertaining and well researched book which would make a fine present for a beer and pub lover.“
The New Imbiber

About Pete Brown

Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer and cider. His broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect from a great night down the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016, and Fortnum and Mason Online Drinks Writer of the Year in 2015.

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