The Books

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.

“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

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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

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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

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World’s Best Cider: Taste, Tradition and Terroir, from Somerset to Seattle

World’s Best Cider is the first book to showcase the world of cider, from its origins as a thirst-quencher for farm workers to its present as a rival to champagne. Travelling from the Old to the New World and teaching us not only how to taste it but how to cook with it, Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw explore every aspect of this fascinating drink and the people who produce it. Discover what Johnny Appleseed really planted, find out what the Magners’ effect is and learn why perry is a miracle drink.

“The ultimate, the pinnacle of cider writing… you can immediately throw every other book ever written about cider in the bin.“
Western Daily Press

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Shakespeare’s Local: Six Centuries of History Seen Through One Extraordinary Pub

Welcome to the George Inn near London Bridge; a cosy, wood-pannelled, galleried coaching house a few minutes’ walk from the southern bank of the Thames. Grab yourself a pint, listen to the chatter of the locals and lean back, resting your head against the wall. And then consider this: who else has rested their head against that wall, enjoying the beer and gossip, over the last 600 years? The pub, as Pete Brown points out, is the ‘primordial cell of British life’ and in the George he has found the perfect case study.

“A literary version of a cracking pub crawl.”
The Daily Telegraph

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Hops and Glory: One Man’s Search for the Beer That Built the British Empire

For the first time in 140 years, a keg of Burton IPA has been brewed with the original recipe for a voyage to India by canal and tall ship, around the Cape of Good Hope; and the man carrying it is the award-winning Pete Brown. Brazilian pirates and Iranian customs officials lie ahead, but will he even make it that far, have fallen in the canal just a few miles out of Burton? And if Pete does make it to the other side of the world with ‘Barry’ the barrel, one question remains: what will the real IPA taste like?

“This account of his beer-inspired voyage is as entertaining as it is enlightening.”
London Review of Books

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Three Sheets To The Wind: One Man’s Quest for the Meaning of Beer

Pete Brown’s world is rocked when he discovers several countries drink and celebrate beer far more than we do. At home, meanwhile, people seem to be turning their back on the great British pint. Obviously, the only way to find out what’s going on is to go on the biggest pub crawl ever.

“A fine book. . . the exact tone that a work on this social drug requires.”
The Times

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Man Walks Into A Pub: A Sociable History of Beer

In MAN WALKS INTO A PUB, Pete Brown takes us on a well-lubricated pub-crawl through the amazing story of beer, from the first sacred sip of ancient Egyptian bouza to the last pint of lager on a Friday night.

“Like a good drinking companion, Brown tells a remarkable story: a stream of fascinating facts, etymologies and pub-related urban phenomena.“
The Times Literary Supplement

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