My new beer book is published in the United States and Canada this week. And I’m going to be doing a short tour to promote it.
My latest book, Miracle Brew, is a globetrotting adventure into the nature of beer. It’s a tale that grew in the telling, with some parts going back as far as ten years, coalescing into the idea for a book about the ingredients of beer back in late 2014.
Why a book about the ingredients of beer? Well, it’s a timely thing: recent research in the UK by the There’s A Beer For That campaign shows that only 22% of people know what beer is made of, which is odd given that it’s the third most popular drink on the planet.
So in response: Miracle Brew presents a complete natural history of beer and emphasizes the importance of place—or terroir—that each ingredient brings to the finished glass. I travelled from the vast hop gardens of the Yakima Valley in Washington State to Bamberg in the heart of Bavaria, where malt smoked over an open flame creates beer that tastes like liquid bacon. The book explores explores traditional malting techniques, the evolution of modern hop breeding, water chemistry, and the miraculous catalyst that is fermentation to show how craft beer brewing has become a part of the local food movement and is redefining how the world perceives beer.
There’s more information about the book, and reviews, here.
So I have a short but very busy promotional schedule as follows. If you’re in town, have any beer or cider tips for me, or want to interview me or chat about the book, just let me know!
Saturday 14th October to Tuesday 17th October – New York
I’ll be doing some interviews and podcasts, and on Monday 16th taking part in an event for the Legion of Osiris.
Wednesday 18th October – Somerville, Massachusetts
An evening event with Aeronaut Brewing.
Thursday 19th October – TBC
Friday 20th October -Brattleboro, Vermont
An evening event with Hermit Thrush Brewing.
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd October – Toronto
On the Saturday afternoon I’m delighted to be doing a book signing alongside friend and fellow author Stephen Beaumont at the magnificent Cask Days festival. Then on Sunday evening I’m doing an event with Henderson Brewing.
Monday 23rd to Tuesday 24th October – Boston
On the evening of Monday 23rd I’m doing an event with Harpoon Brewing, then kicking around Boston for the day before flying home on Tuesday night!
Madly excited about my first ever North American book tour. I’ll be adding more dates back home in the UK on my return.